You’ll notice if you went looking, that there is a myriad of articles out there, thousands upon thousands, committed to educating the public about sustainability. If you were to google a simple topic (Ex: “How to reduce your plastic waste”), you’ll see that the results to your question are not scarce. You can be educated in a heartbeat, given handy and insightful tools that can help you co-exist with the planet.
But while these articles exist out there, not enough of us are motivated to dive into such subjects. (More about that here).
Yet so much has improved in the past year. And we can do even more!
Take it seriously
Sustainability is not a common thing that the majority of us talk about. There are few who try to steer conversations towards this matter (and concern for many) where it shapes into solid scientific facts, which bores the listener, and eventually fades away into topics of gossip, personal drama, DIY fashion trends or Trump. Most of the population unconsciously steers clear of science. But more dire than that, sustainability is included as such – scientific basis. Let’s get this straight: it’s not just that!
It’s more. It’s a lifestyle that could be easily integrated into our daily lives.
When we hear sustainability, we automatically think of renewable energy – solar power, wind turbines, geothermal production in Iceland or saving trees. We think of the grand picture – the ultimate scale of scientists and activists trying to save the planet. We conceptualize that this is the territory of governmental responsibilities, not ours. Sadly enough, this is the very reality of how most of Western society’s population view sustainability today.
But, it’s more than that. It’s a personal decision too.
Sustainability should not be seen as a scientific model aimed only at businesses and world governments. More than anything, it should be a goal to be integrated in every individual’s lives. The majority of the planet’s population dictates how the course of our species’ evolution flows. It is not leaders, politicians, governments, industries or anyone of higher status that dominates the decision-making of our world. It is the rest of us, the rest of the seven billion people on the planet that make up the totality of human society.
Is it hard to live this way?
Well, yes. It can be a challenge, but it can also be simple and easy if you make it that way! And imagine how it would feel to know that your changing lifestyle is benefiting everything around you as well as yourself.
Imagine if each lifestyle change that is aimed towards implementing alternative solutions, caring for our environment, the whole eco-system, and taking care of ourselves is dedicated on some level by EVERY individual. Our collective devotion to preserving nature and taking care of what’s left is a personal responsibility, the way that taking care of ourselves and our loved ones is.
I hope, that in the year 2020, human societies across the globe will begin to shift their focus on these matters. Our environment is what we rely on. Not just that, we remain healthy when we take care of it. It’s a lifestyle choice – to devote ourselves to living more simply, nurturing ourselves and our environment and not supporting companies that do more harm than good.
Lastly. . .
In 2020, I plan to do so much more with this blog. I’d like to go further in-depth with alternative living – how we can live in alignment with the planet’s needs and our own – and perhaps spark some new ideas along the way.