In order to be healthy, we have to live congruently in all aspects of our lives physically, emotionally, spiritually, and yes, globally too. If we live a perfect healthy life but destroy our planet in the process, we will suffer the consequences. How?
Without checks and balances, we alter the quality of air we breathe, water quality and availability, and food we can produce. We are already seeing an increase in natural disasters like floods, fires, droughts, heat waves, and tropical storms. This all can lead to increase exposure to infectious diseases too. These weather patterns also affect crop yield, therefore less availability of nutritious food. Plus, an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide reduces nutritional content of food grown such as reduction in zinc and iron. We are also seeing widespread decline in pollinators which also reduces crop yield.
I know it sounds like a problem too big for individual scope. So what can we do? We can change the way we eat like eating less meat especially red meat. We eat more locally versus food from another hemisphere because we want certain things all year round. We can change how we produce energy and protect biodiversity. We can collectively put pressure on policies despite powerful groups like Big Agriculture and Big Oil companies. We have to pressure our politicians to make regulatory changes. If we don’t, then we are just stealing from our children and grandchildren.
We can make changes!! Start with yourself. How will you change the way you eat, use natural resources, live, educate yourself, and engage in policy change in your community?
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~ Samantha Hua, Nutrition & Holistic Health Coach, San Diego, CA