What we produce to make our lives easier, or simply in the name of convenience is not going away, i.e. rotting or magically disappearing when it is no longer needed. Subsequently, it is damaging our ecology and harming pretty much everything we share our home with. Pretty stupid eh?
Lets not forget all the other ways in which human activity is hurting our planet – the burning of fossil fuels, unsustainable logging and intensive agriculture, to name just three – have now become so blatant it is impossible to ignore.
What we thought we knew about the environment a mere decade ago in the grand scheme of things has dramatically changed, and we face a very complex issue. First things first, we need to clean up the mess we’ve created, recognizing and dealing with the pollution that already exits… in tonnes.
Secondly, there is an increasing urgency to change our behaviors, so the problem does not get exacerbated – to stop further thoughtless and plain right stupid human actions. This – however – needs clever and innovative thinking, which can feel seemingly unattainable as it threatens to disrupt the common man’s way of life. Anything from that Friday evening steak, to a hop in the car for the local newspaper, it all adds up to the pollution one way or another.
On the brighter side, change is possible. Saving the planet can sound like an uphill battle that seems like it is too large and too difficult to fix. In a way that is true, but governments and organisations need to do their bit, but if we are to save something as big as the planet, we all need to take action. And pretty nifty too.
In hindsight, its time to stop, think and take action. We should all feel empowered to take action, make changes both large and small and also our alter our attitude. After all, there is no planet B.
Change with anything and anyone doesn’t happen over night, it is a process for the long haul. However, the best thing to do is to simply begin. What if you were to start somewhere? What if everyone did the same? Change – especially in the name of the planet – can begin as a small endeavor, but will grow and flourish to become a part of who you are as a person.
This will allow you take back control of what originally felt like the insurmountable problem of environmental damage. Why not begin with a plant based diet over the coming weeks? Or walk/cycle to the shops? There are countless things one can do to aid the environment starting today.
By instigating steps to address the harm we have collectively done to the planet, we can help inform those around us by setting an example. In that quiet way, through the collective accumulation of thousands or even millions of individuals taking ownership of their personal impact, together we can change the world for the better.
It is no one’s fault as we all have consumer based habits drilled into us since the day we were born, so adapting to a new way of life – especially if you’re “old” – can be a real challenge and may talk a while.
However, us humans a smart bunch (sometimes) and if we keep trying to innovate and to challenge the status quo, the fad of environmentalism will soon become mainstream. So mainstream that we might see it in on the BBC, rather than the 24/7 pumping of doom and gloom over the last 10 weeks.
Psychologists say it takes the average human 3 weeks to form a habit – so given the lockdown – why not try a few practices and then review your progress everyday and then try a few more!
It’s not always easy to be green, to change your approaches and beliefs you’ve been so accustomed to over the years, which can seem fundamental to how our society functions. But anything is possible with a little determination and willpower. The key – like with anything – is educating ourselves and those we have an impact on.
It’s a big ask, but everything in life starts with that mighty first step!
Credit: William Wand – The Figure Head