Maybe you’ve already created a mile long list of things you would like to accomplish in 2013. Stay organized, get to the gym, sleep more and drink more water. Or, maybe you just have one or two that will help you lead a happier, healthier life in this next year and beyond. No matter your individual goals, there’s one idea we can all get behind: Make 2013 your year to go green.
That’s it. Just one simple idea with so many meanings that everyone can benefit from now and into the future.
Never in human history have we been faced with the crises we are today. Food and water shortages affect millions of people around the globe. Rising temperatures and ocean levels leave devastation in their wake. We’re moving at warp speed in a direction for which there may be no return, and it’s time to hit the brakes.
Every single day we make thousands of decisions—some will have no impact other than the moment in which they are made, and some can leave a legacy we might not be so proud of. The term “going green” has been molded, shaped, misused, overused, distorted and reinvented in many, many ways. Here at the EDA, we understand that living a more sustainable lifestyle or running a green business doesn’t have to happen all at once. Each of us can contribute, whether it is through one simple action each day or redesigning the very infrastructure of our homes, businesses and lives; it all adds up.
Make it your goal in 2013 to choose one thing each month that can make a difference and inspire others to do the same. Start a recycling program in your office if there isn’t one already. Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth (you’ll save 90 glasses of clean, drinkable water every single day). Bring your own bag or mug. Start a compost. No action is too small, and through your efforts you can inspire others in your community to pitch in and do the same.
In 2012 we were inspired by dentists all over the globe; dentists who are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and outstanding members of their communities. These are the dentists who recognize that the health of their patients and the health of our planet are deeply connected.
And, we have a good feeling about 2013, too. Thank you to all who have pledged to turn our world around and to those who work for a beautiful, bright, thriving, and limitless future for generations to come.
Leave us a comment and let us know what green resolutions you’ll make for the New Year!