How and when I choose to write is usually dictated by the Universe. Sometimes I find inspiration on my own but usually I pay attention to multiple, repetitive queues to decide what I am going to write about.
This morning while having my Sunday morning coffee I found emails, articles, and web posts put in front of me addressing climate change and it got me to thinking. No matter which side of the fence you sit on regarding this issue you’re probably not doing enough to combat the effects that are coming.
This may be an unpopular opinion but how much have you looked into what climate change is and how its effects can be slowed down or minimized?
It’s impossible to live off the grid entirely and not have some kind of environmental footprint occur, but how much plastic do you consume? Heck, how much goods do you consume? Do you really need that new outfit or dinner out at a restaurant?
And if you do, can you offset it by taking public transportation or waiting until you have other things to do and then do them all in one time period so you’re minimizing how much you’re releasing harmful emissions into what’s left of the ozone layer?
My point is that everyone talks about climate change but there’s what’s referred to as low hanging fruit, actions that people can take immediately, with minimal inconvenience, but they don’t.
Low hanging fruit: I’ve been driving the same lowest emissions vehicle for 11 years. Yes, I had to replace the engine, but it was cheaper and less environmentally harmful than buying a new car. I wash my car twice a year. And when I have to run errands I map out my route to minimize the distance of driving I have to do so that I can minimize my impact upon the planet.
When it comes to purchases I ask myself if I really need it and think about what went into its production. How is it arriving to me and can I wait for it until I need something else?
I am not trying to be judgmental or a Daniel Downer, rather, shine a light on critical thinking that is important if we’re going to speak out against climate change.
We must examine our actions, see what steps we can take now, and do them. Inconvenience is to be expected and honestly, is that really such a bad thing? How many different ways are we inconvenienced and we’ve learned to deal with it? So, what’s one more?