Is it too late to save our oceans?
I could not believe my ears when he said “it’s already too late”
I’ve heard this so many times before, it makes me feel really upset that so many of you think this.
“The problem is already so big, it’s too late.. There is nothing we can do now.”
I’ll tell you what… This is utter BS
It’s never too late to make a difference. It’s never too late to start making changes, it’s not too late to look after our health and it’s not too late to look after our planet.
What’s the other option? Just put our head in the sand and pretend that everything is going to be ok?
I was at my local butcher getting some meat for my dinner, I took my own containers and asked if he would put the meat straight into the containers for me. The guy at the counter looked at me funny and said, “Why do you want to use your own containers?” I proceeded to talk to him about the issue with plastic pollution… Actually the first thing that came out of my mouth was ” have you swam in the ocean recently?” Have you seen the amount of plastic in our oceans and on our beaches?” He nodded… He agreed… He then told me “it’s already too late”
“What?! … No … It’s not too late, what kind of attitude is that?
Me: How can you think like that? What about your kids? Don’t you want them to be able to swim in a clean ocean? What about your children’s, children?
Butcher: “It will be so bad by then that they probably won’t be able to swim in the ocean”
Me: “That’s my point dude… We need to do what we can TODAY to ensure the best future for our next generations, not to mention that I want to swim in a clean ocean right now not just in the future.”
We can’t just put our head in the sand and expect that it’s all going to work out fine. We need to set an example, and be the change. We need to make planet positive choices every day because if we don’t then maybe my butcher will be right.. Maybe we wont have clean oceans or fresh edible seafood to sustain us in the future.
What blew me away though is that when I was talking to him about single use plastics and ocean pollution, he started to tell me about how he knows that plastic is breaking down into small pieces and being eaten my fish and plankton. He told me how plastic in the ocean plastics sucks up toxic chemicals like a sponge and those toxins are then transferred to the organs of the animal that eats it. He understood that these plastic eating fish can end up on our plate and we can potentially we eating plastic through the food we eat. He understands, he gets it… Yet he decides not to do anything about it because it’s too late.
Well I’m calling bullshit on the “it’s too late” business.
Right now, you can make a choice.
The next time you head out the door you can make a choice to take your reusable bags.
The next time you head out for a coffee you can make a choice to either have it there or you can take your reusable cup.
You can choose to fill up your reusable drink bottle instead of buying bottled water.
It doesn’t have to be daunting or overwhelming. Even if you choose only one of these things you are making a difference. Take one step at a time. Doing one thing at a time is way better than putting your head in the sand.. Don’t you think?
Be the change you wish to see in the world. Yes it might mean you have to get out of your comfort zone and take some action but that is where the magic happens my friends! It will be absolutely worth it, be proud of yourself for what you have done so far. Never give up… And never think it’s too late to change your habits.. It’s never too late.