Instituting REAL Change
In the past, this blog has covered multiple topics: everything from “going green” to planning parties, from the benefits of bamboo to leading a healthy lifestyle and from progress in international environmental political practices to rejuvenating yourself after a long weekend. But something occurred to me on the way to work this morning: every week, we discuss some way to save the environment, conserve natural resources or simply life happier, more fulfilling lives; but what are we REALLY doing to institute change?
Personally, I take care to recycle, unplug my computer and charging devices and reuse things beyond all possible value. However, I still drive my car hundreds of miles a week, buy a throwaway cup of coffee everyday and eat packaged, unnatural food that commutes from farther away than I do. The more I read about the way our world is changing for the worse, I have to wonder, how long before I get angry and make the big (albeit inconvenient) changes? And what’s more, how long before our country’s biggest institutions do the same?
So I ask you, Cyberspace, what have you done to change your lifestyle? How long will you go on polluting the air we breathe, the water we swim in and the earth from which all our food grows? Granted it may not matter to you personally or your generation, but it will, sure as the increasing price of gasoline, matter to your children and unborn grandchildren.
Dead zones in our oceans, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, global warming, deforestration, and rising levels of CO2 on land and in the water are not myths we can ignore any longer. At the rate we’re going, the death of the only home we have is not an abstract idea, it is a reality.
Recycling and unplugging is not enough anymore. We have to significantly change the American lifestyle that revolves around consumption and excess. We have to drive less, support our local economy and be mindful of EVERYTHING we consume; we have to talk to our friends, family and co-workers about our new lifestyles and we have to be fearless Geo-Warriors in order to create real change. We can recycle our pizza boxes and buy frozen vegetables marked “organic” from the supermarket all we want, but until we start biking to work, buying food from the farmers market and investing the upfront costs of energy efficient devices, we undo all the good we’ve done as soon as we bite into a McDonalds cheeseburger.
So from here on out, I ask you to send in your thoughts, ideas, opinions and strategy on how to reverse the spiral as we discuss the major issues of our time. As we can see from a number of examples throughout American history, change only takes hold when we all band together.