The end of a calendar year is a convenient marker in the ground – a reminder of everything behind us and an invitation to consider the future. In these moments of reflection, I consider what it means to continue striving to live ethically and sustainably in a world that often seems broken.
I’m going to be completely honest here: I struggle to remain optimistic about our ability, as humankind, to change the destructive path that we’ve started down. I see the rise of factory farming in China, fracking in the United States, food and water insecurity, the potential that we’ve reached a climate change tipping point and economic, social and environmental injustice on a global scale and I feel helpless. It can be very disillusioning to be constantly faced with bad news and the immensity of human destruction. I think one of the qualities I most admire in people is the ability to focus on the positive and most of all, to act in order to contribute to something good.
So, in an effort to remind myself and remind us all that the fight isn’t over yet and that our actions matter, here is some of the progress we’ve made in 2014: