I've heard it's good to stop and smell the roses. But when I took a walk this evening, the trash and cigarettes on the sidewalks seemed much more honest than the pots of manicured flowers.
The facts about our impact on the environment are overwhelming. The average person throws away approximately 4.4 pounds of trash daily, and it is estimated that 5.25 trillion pieces of trash are floating in Earth's oceans. Our habits need to change.
Living a sustainable lifestyle takes work. Cutting back one's day-to-day waste will not happen overnight. However, being aware of our collective impact on the environment is a great first step.
Carl Sagan once stated, "The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand."
We have one planet - one home - to call our own. We don't get a do-over. Use fewer straws. Invest in a reusable water bottle. Bring your own reusable food containers to restaurants. We all share the Earth. Let's keep it clean and safe for everyone.