You’ve heard of “environmental impact statements”—evaluations completed in the planning stages of large development projects, to determine what approach will best reap hoped-for benefits while generating the least possible harm. As officially defined, “environment” comprises air, water, and living organisms, but also man-made structures and socioeconomic institutions.
Why not try a similar approach when your child/family/class is considering a new project? Whether it’s a child wanting to try out for football, a job offer in another city, or a school thinking about all-virtual teaching, automatically saying, “No way, it’s too risky” can do as much harm as rushing in without a plan. Chances of making the right decision are substantially improved by a pros-and-cons review of likely impacts.
Don’t be afraid to turn down a “perfect” opportunity that fails the environmental impact test—or to take an “unnerving” opportunity that gets high marks. Sound thinking (versus emotionally driven impulse) is the key ingredient to an all-around-healthy environment. And that environment is the key ingredient to an all-around-healthy future!