Today is Blog Action Day, a day when bloggers are encouraged to focus their attention on environmental issues. Last week my father sent me pictures he had taken from the air as they flew over Mexico City on October 3, 2007 en route from Chile. I have been to Mexico City only once, and the three days I spent there were devoid of any view of the sun or blue sky because of the heavy smog. This picture shows that same smog from above.
Those who have visited third world countries know what I am trying to say. Corrupt and greedy governments, uneven distribution of wealth, population movements from rural to urban settings and the lack of future planning are just a few factors that are causing actual and potential environmental damage that impacts all of us. But are we willing to invest in the healthy development of economies in poorer nations? The issues are so complex that it is easy to dismiss any responsibility we may feel toward the problem.
How can we make a difference? The term Think Globally, Act Locally has been used in business and in reference to environmental issues. The choices I make locally do have a much larger ripple effect starting with the people around me who observe my habits and priorities to people far away who will never meet.
Pictures taken by my parents and brother during their trip to Chile in September 2007.