New year's resolutions for 2014
I don’t normally make new year’s resolutions as I’ve found I generally only remember them for a week and then move on with the business of the new year.
This year, however, it’s going to be a little different!
I am privileged to work with a team that is passionate about marine conservation.
The team continually inspires me and reminds me that consistent individual actions can make an enormous difference to the environment. Not only do uShaka Sea World staff inspire guests to care about the creatures living in the oceans, but they take responsibility in their personal lives to make sure that the impact of their actions on land has minimal adverse effect on the oceans.
In 2014 I’m setting myself a few actions:
- I will shop with the environment in mind – groceries, detergents, clothes, buying local, etc
- I will think before using electricity (to reduce carbon emissions that are affecting so many marine animals)
- I will definitely never use single-use plastic carry-bags
- I will recycle as much as possible and make use of my local recycle bank
Driving to work recently and seeing the litter on the side of the roads (plastic on the ground can easily find its way to the ocean through the stormwater drainage systems) made me realise that pollution actually has a simple solution – litter belongs in the bin. South Africa could be litter-free if all 52-million South Africans placed their litter where it belongs.
This year, apart from making these small changes, I’m going to have conversations about these changes with as many people as I can, both at work and at home. Just think of the difference we can make if we each do our bit!
I know I can’t change the world, but I can change my own behaviour – and that of my neighbours, my friends, our visitors and our readers. And hopefully by the end of 2014, the environmental circle will be far bigger than it is today.
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