Life with my little girl has seen be become even more aware of what choices we make that have a positive impact on the planet or negative. And it is our children who are looking at us with big bright eyes for hope, to see change, to challenge us to do better and fix the issues we have created. It is because of my little girls eyes I have been known to jump off the pier to take out of the water the discarded plastic bottle and floating straws, I have been seen in public gardens in the middle of fountains picking up plastic bags that have collected around the ducks, I am the one who after a walk with the dog comes home not only with the biodegradable poop bag but all the litter collected along the way. And what I love is that my little one sees this as normal, the way it should be.
She loves that Mummy would climb a tree to pry off the plastic bag from the branches so it doesn't make its way into a birds nest to suffocate them. She has made rules in the house if a plastic bag is used or brought home there is a Fine Jar and $5 goes in (thankfully it is empty!), if the re-usable coffee cup is left at home I go without or we take time out to dine in, there is no room for using plastic cling wrap beeswax wraps is our go to, and straws ... the minute she saw directly the devastating impacts on marine life first had at the Turtle Rehabilitation Sanctuary there was no more discussion. Instead she wrote to her school asking them to ban the plastic straw which they did and she happily tells any restaurant owner politely why she didn't use the straw they served. So these small acts have big ripple effects and impacts on the planet and humankind. Humankind is a word I love and if you stare at the word enough, the message is simple. Human. Kind. We need to be both.