Call me a hippie, call me a tree-hugger, call me dirty liberal, it's all good.
Don’t get me wrong, it is most certainly easier on the heart to turn a blind eye to the staggering environmental needs of our earth. It just hurts too much. It’s too complex. Most people don’t want to be assaulted with images of sea turtles caught in human refuse when they click onto Facebook, when their only innocent goal was to to peruse friends’ photos and hilarious memes. It is so much easier to keep scrolling. Much easier to file those photos of mangled sea-creatures into our ever-growing ‘So-Sad-Hopefully-Someone-Does-Something-About-It’ file in the far crevices of our mind, and go about our meme-seeking lives.
In these everyday moments of our everyday man-made existence, as we sit in our man-made homes and click away at fancy laptops as I am doing now, it’s hard to care. It’s hard to remove ourselves from the ambition of technology, personal wealth and economy to consider the well-being of the natural world- one that we sometimes assume is eternally stable and will forever continue to give to us while we continue to abuse it.
Personally, all I need to do to remove myself from this naiveté is to take a walk to the beach and look out at the ocean. The humbling effect is immense, almost spiritual. Suddenly I feel utterly insignificant compared to the vastness of the ocean. It had been lapping these shores for billions of years before mankind and our hilarious memes came along. And yet, we so often feel a sense of entitlement when it comes to our oceans and the creatures within it. We feel that we exist in a separate world from the one that exists beneath the sea or deep in the forests. We are advanced. We are smart. We have technology and cars and concrete jungles and thingies and doodads and a complex social hierarchy and all sorts of things that don’t exist in nature.
Sometimes we visit the ‘natural world’ by jumping in a boat or taking a hike through the mountains, but at the end of the day we pack up return to our world.
This hippie in me sees not two separate and sometimes overlapping worlds, but recognizes that our modern, advanced human-world exists within the natural world, and depends intimately on it for our own future.
With this blog I hope to accomplish some simple tasks. I hope to give inspiration to people who otherwise would not give a second thought to sustainability. I hope to provide insight and advice to those hoping to make a difference. Most importantly, I hope to make sustainability-related information accessible to all people, regardless of background, education level or age.