David’s “New Years” Resolution
As we celebrate the start of a new year with great hopes and aspirations for the year to come, I — as an environmentalist and climate-concerned millennial — will be committing my time and efforts in 2019 to heightening the environmental consciousness of my mind, body and soul, in hope that such a commitment can make a true and meaningful difference in my life, as well as in the lives of those I interact and engage with in my community, and in the world beyond.
As a resident of Miami-Dade County, I have grown ever-more aware of the adverse impacts of climate change on my community’s economic and environmental landscapes — with flooding, rising seas, and severe weather events worsening the quality of life and overall well-being of residents, businesses and community stakeholders alike. Although the impacts appear to be harsh, and at times challenging to address or solve through collective action, I know that my single commitment can make a positive difference in the fight for climate action in my community, and hopefully inspire others in Miami and all throughout the United States to do more when it comes to environmental stewardship and responsibility as Americans and global citizens of our one precious earth.
Just a few mere weeks ago, I would have never imagined making an environmentally conscious “New Years” resolution of sorts, but as 2018 has come to a close, I began to think of what I could change in my life that would truly make a difference in the new year, while still staying true to the principles, hopes, and ambitions of resolutions usually made at times of commencement and new beginnings.
I have come to understand resolutions as promises one makes to oneself in order to change or improve upon past shortcomings in one’s life. When it comes to environmental consciousness and stewardship, I know I have come up short of who I can really be, and quite frankly, of who I should be, as an individual with the capacity to create change in my community.
From changing lifestyle habits, such as recycling more goods and cutting back on single-use plastic usage, to mobilizing neighbors and community stakeholders to support policy changes and political efforts to address climate change and resiliency programs, I stand committed to upholding the role of responsibility one comes to expect from individuals given opportunities and platforms to raise awareness of such issues, and to fully embracing the promise of environmentally conscious living for the betterment of myself and of those I love.
As an American Conservation Coalition staff writer, I am looking forward to the year to come, for I know there will be countless opportunities to write and inform the public on issues of great pertinence to the environmental movement, especially with regards to climate change, and the need for greater engagement in the climate conversation from people of all walks of life.
It is my hope that an appreciation for environmentally conscious living, or at least an awareness of such a lifestyle’s existence, can inspire people to make changes in their respective lives, as well as what’s best and right for the world and climate of which we all live and share.