Restricting free movement, focusing on money and not people, denying climate change, the ongoing gender pay gap and the growing gap between the rich and the poor are all things to leave a bitter taste in the mouth of 2016.
2016 is not necessarily one for the history books. Or is it?
Is it one of the most important years to teach all future generations about so they don’t repeat the events of this year? Or is history already repeating itself?
Time will tell.
The flurry of rants and disbelief have not subsided post-Brexit, and they are only just beginning to ramp up in protest of Trump’s inauguration.
It is time to start thinking about how to make the best of 2017.
Someone recently said to me when I expressed my disdain for the food industry, that it only produces what people demand. So if everyone stopped demanding crap food then does that solve many issues around food, sustainability and the environment?
On this premise, then the same would go for all other areas too?
Not so much.
But lots of small changes can make a big difference. If we all start choosing something to stand for that makes a healthier, safer and more loving world, then things can slowly begin to change for the better.
Think about those in need, especially during winter (in the northern hemisphere) and after the holiday period. What can you do to help them?
Think about your daily habits of consumption, where does your food come from? Do you waste a lot of food? How can you reduce that waste? Do you purchase from local suppliers or large chains? Do you buy fruit and vegetables in season or have they been in a fridge for months?
Think about the products you use for yourself and for your household, what are they made from? How do they impact the environment? How much damage are they doing to the ocean?
Where are you buying your clothes from? Are there people putting themselves at risk working in factories that produce those clothes? Are there better options? Of course there are. Can you buy more from local designers and small businesses rather than American franchises?
Do you drive everywhere? Are there ways you can start using more public transport, or walking/cycling more?
It doesn’t matter where in the world you live, or what your background is, everyone can start today to pick something that’s going to make the world a healthier place and stand up for it.
Don’t make it a resolution for just the first few weeks of 2017, make a change for a new way of life to start today.
As Deepak Chopra says, “All great changes are preceded by chaos”