Summertime here is filled with holidays. We have just had a long weekend in the Bahamas and upon starting back in the office I took a morning walk on a local beach. To my surprise, I saw the aftermath of people partying the night before. They had left their garbage behind them, polluting the land and sea.
Emotions flooded through me, I picked up rubbish where I could and had to leave the rest as it was far too much to carry.
This is a global problem that we are facing together. What came to mind is how important it is to educate people about the effect their garbage has on the planet. People do the best they can from where they are. Behaviors can be changed by changing peoples attitudes.
A Leadership principle that comes to mind, is: Leaders teach people how to behave. If a behavior is inappropriate, if people are not taking responsibility, if they are disrespecting the environment, themselves and others. Then it is up to leaders to do something about it. There are many associations in the Bahamas and around the world that are leading the way to bring awareness and create change.
The question is how can we prevent this from happening every time there is a public holiday?
Most of the items on the beach were single-use plastics such as bottles, knives & forks, plates, plastic bags and even nappies (yes nappies!!!) Once we buy a single-use plastic we own it for life. Its lifetime in the environment exceeds our own. Think of all the single-use plastics we use daily, can we not use them? Are we addicted to them or can they be replaced with environmentally friendly items?
BEHAVIORS TO CULTIVATE AND REDUCE PLASTIC FOOTPRINT
- REDUCE – Reduce the use of single-use plastics. Stop using plastic bags from the supermarket. Start using your own bags. Stop drinking bottled water, filter your own water and use your own water bottle.
- REUSE – If you do need to buy single-use plastics, how can you reuse them? How can they be repurposed to support you?
- RECYCLE – Most plastics can be recycled. Do you have a system of recycling at home and in your office? Do you follow it? If not set one up and play your part. Next time you are in the park or on the beach, see if you can find 5 pieces of plastic to recycle.
By 2050, if we do not change this addiction and demand for single-use plastics there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight. Our oceans are under direct threat, threatening our way of life. Will you change your behavior starting today?
If so, click on the websites below to learn how. Thank you for your support, the world needs Evolutionary Leaders that live in a more sustainable way, today!
- Click to sign a petition to ban plastic bags in Bahamas