I just watched What the Health. In light of recent events, one theme stood out to me: we work to treat problems, but we often fail to try to prevent such problems from occurring in the first place. We are reactive. And we should be. Reacting is important. But it's only half of the equation. We also need to be proactive. In our current state, doctors focus primarily on treating diseases rather than preventing them. I know plenty of people who constantly rant about world leaders, but are far less eager to talk about why these leaders came into power in the first place (and I'm sorry, but it's more than labeling voters as stupid and/or ignorant). News coverage abounds with cleanup efforts and opportunities to donate to natural disaster relief, which is very important. But I've never seen a news program asking WHY we've had so many natural disasters lately or making suggestions on what we should do to prevent more. It may not be the sole cause, but it's hard to deny that climate change plays a role. So we all need to think more about the impact our actions have on the planet. We should think about the obvious things - like transportation and recycling. But we can't stop there. We should think about what we eat. Did you know that it takes about 4,000 gallons of water to grow one pound of beef but only 25 gallons of water to grow one pound of wheat? Or that 51% of greenhouse gas emissions come from animal agriculture? We should think about the clothes we wear. Synthetic fibers like nylon and polyester will take hundreds if not thousands of years to biodegrade. Toxic wastewater from dyeing clothes is often discharged untreated into rivers. So let's all be aware of and take responsibility for the consequences of our actions and lifestyles.