Every choice we make reveals how much we care for our world. Today, the divergent paths are clear. Will our actions forge a world with collapsing natural ecosystems, mass scale species extinctions, growing pollution and waste, increasing social and economic disparity, and a lack of basic services to billions on the planet? Or will they contribute to healthy ecosystems, social and economic equality, thriving habitats and a better quality of life for all?
The following pages consider the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the everyday choices we make and present alternatives for a more sustainable and just world. For those of us who ask, "what can I do?" - the answer lies in focusing on the individual actions that constitute our lifestyle while utilizing the strength, synergism, and support that results from our collective actions. Every individual action does make a difference. The impact of millions of individual actions based on a vision of sustainability and social justice, in concert with collective actions focused on developing social structures that support that vision, can indeed create a better world.