Often when I discuss environmental issues with people, a common complaint or comment I hear is “Why try? There’s nothing I can do anyway.”
The past few weeks I have been finding a lot of web based information about climate change and what people are trying to do about it. Some people are renovating homes in inner cities so they don’t have to drive everyday. Some people are builiding homes with rammed earth, some are protesting and rallying to make themselves heard by the government and all these things show the government that as societies we are ready and willing to change.
This mentality of “I can do nothing of importance” frustrates and saddens me, because there are so many things one can do if they wanted to. There are many groups that are trying to make themselves heard by governments (check out Avaaz (www.avaaz.org), there are many little things that you can do to change how you consume resources . I know that not using a paper cup for coffee man seem little and insignificant but things like this do make a difference and they show you are willing to MAKE THE EFFORT TO CHANGE.
The Civil Rights movement only affected change when the government saw that it was more painful to continue as they had been than to change. This was done by millions of people raising their voices and saying they were unwilling to continue as they had. The environmental movement is similar, in that the governments won’t change until they are forced to, however it differs greatly in that if this movement isn’t taken up, it’s not just “rights and freedoms” that we will not gain. It well could be that we are jeopardizing the future of the entire planet.
As such, I urge EVERYONE, to try to make small changes in your lives and lifestyles that can help. We all know what these changes are, but I also to encourage you not to listen to those nay-sayers that seem to be lurking around every corner. On multitudes of websites I visited there were always comment criticizing the efforts these people were making to make a difference, saying they weren’t doing things properly or “green enough”. Well screw them! Don’t listen to those people who tell you you’re not making a difference. Every little thing you do can make a difference, and if you need direction on where to start, please msg me and I’d be happy to discuss it with you. Please make your voice heard!