Leadership is in all of us. We are walking, talking examples of what we perceive the world around us to be. We are the makers of our world today, how do you want your world to be?
It takes a group of people to make a change, but one person to initiate it. The term leader can be a bit overwhelming so let’s break it down, what makes a leader a leader? Is it a high ranking in social order, a title before their name, or a business card? A leader is a leader because of what they do, not who they are.
So if we take in perspective leaders are by example of what they do then we are all leaders. We lead our daily life influencing those around us who influence people around them and so forth, and because we lead by example what example are we setting?
Most of our ocean pollution begins on land, and so does ocean protection. We can prevent extensive amounts of pollution without leaving our homes and it starts with you. Everything we do has a demand on nature from the food we eat, the clothes we buy, to how we travel. One of the ways we can lead an Eco-friendly life is to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We have all heard the phrase, but do you know the result when we don’t? It’s estimated that there is 15 billion pounds of plastic produced yearly in America, and only 1 billion of it is recycled. Remember that cigarette bud you left on the floor? Or the plastic bag you walked past and decided not to pick up? We have all left some sort of ecological footprint, but it’s never too late to make a change. If one person changes a habit such as bringing a recycle bin to work,carpooling, or using reusable bags instead of plastic, you are teaching those around you your values and inspiring them. One big influence we have is over the younger generation who looks to us as an example of what is expected. By teaching them that the plastic bottle they just drank goes into the blue bin you are initiating the idea of recycling to them and they will continue to do it with your influence. We are all responsible for this mess, whether you live by the sea or not trash travels. It falls into all of our hands to make a change, to become leaders and unite against this ongoing,unnecessary consumption of plastic waste. Simple steps like recycling bottles, cutting a 6-pack plastic holder, or just spreading awareness to the people around you can lead to a better future for our oceans. If it’s important to you, make it important to those who surround you.