Sustaining our community

sinclair greyWhenever we spend money outside of our community for products and/or services, we are doing a disservice to our community. A disservice in that our local businesses are not supported. A disservice in that new jobs are not being created. And a disservice in that we fail to enhance the value of where we live. With so much talk about building up our community, it’s time we invest in our community by establishing entities that benefit us. I’m not talking about bringing in reputable stores (e.g. CVS, Walmart, and Walgreens, just to name a few). I’m speaking of working with the men and women within the local community to use their skills and talents to bring about entrepreneurship.

Because sustaining our community has been missed, too many people are suffering financially and physically. By financially I mean having to travel distances for quality. On the physical side, many people are simply trapped with unhealthy choices that linger within their communities (e.g fast food establishments and liquor stores). For some reason, we have missed the importance of planting our own gardens and recycling. Unless we change our outlook on what’s important, we will continue to be faced with ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ with regards to our health and finances.

Reclaiming our community
Sustaining our community or should I say, reclaiming our community is something that needs to be done immediately. No longer can we waste our resources and then blame others when we don’t have it. Let’s face it – knowledge is power and the ability to act on this power is within all of us. Bennie Hayden, founder of Marketing for Green, LLC says. “Through sustaining our community, we are creating opportunities for ourselves to support one another and therefore helping the next generation to make better choices.” When there’s an absence of choices, people will often times flock to that which does not present itself as being healthy. Hayden also added, “All of have a social responsibility to use products and/or services that add value to the general well-being of the community.”

Here are some ways in which we can sustain our community:
•Grow our own gardens which will ensure healthy eating
•Conserve energy (e.g. cut off and unplug appliances when not using them)
•Cut down on water usage
•Buy environmentally-friendly products
•Educate  ourselves on issues relating to climate change, healthy living and how to reduce waste

In addition to these steps, it’s important for us to support policies that addresses these very issues. As concerned citizens, we cannot dismiss the importance of healthy living and community empowerment.

Dr. Sinclair Grey III is an activist, speaker, writer, author, life coach, and host of The Sinclair Grey Show heard on Mondays at 2 p.m. on WAEC Love 860am (iHeart Radio and Tune In). Contact him at drgrey@sinclairgrey.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey.

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