I was watching an interview conducted by The United Nations Foundation to Patricia Espinosa, Head of the UNFCCC, The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UNEP, The United Nations Environment Programme, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, the conference of the rich and powerful of this world, whose decisions dictate the future not only of the 7 billion people that currently inhabit our Planet Earth – our future, mine and yours – but the future of the 9,7 billion people that we estimate will be living in our planet by 2050 – hopefully mine and yours, and that of our children and our children’s children.
While the focus of the interview was on the opportunities for climate change mitigation and adaptation in 2017, what stuck me was Erik Solheim’s answer to what we, as individuals, can do in our daily lives to combat climate change and rescue the environment. He told the story of Afroz Shah, a lawyer in Mumbai that woke up one day, looked out his window, and saw an ocean of plastic. He then decided to clean the Versova beach, the landscape he saw outside his window and has been doing so for the past two years. He is not doing it by himself anymore. Shah’s efforts inspired hundreds of volunteers that have picked up 40,000 tons of garbage. He is to receive the Champions of the Earth award.
The reason why I am recalling this story in this piece about going green in your skincare and beautifying products, is because all meaningful change starts with an individual action, at times, with what might appear to be a very little, ‘drop of water in the ocean’ kind of action. And it can start in our kitchen, our wardrobe, our bathroom cabinet. What we fail to understand is that every little thing we buy is not only a statement, a statement of our values and guiding principles, but also impacts on the lives of people and health of ecosystems of our planet.
Let me tell you how…