Climate change. It’s big. It’s scary. It’s looming. And we all just wish it would go away. In fact, it’s easy to pretend it isn’t there, as we go about our lives the way we had before we knew. Before we knew that each of our actions makes a difference to our planet, to our children and the way they will be able to live their lives.
Why don’t we take actions to change our way of living due to climate change? Is it because it isn’t personal, it seems far away, or it feels like we can’t make a difference on our own (so why bother trying)? Is it because only crazy environmentalists reduce their carbon footprint low enough for it to really change anything? Is it that we’re too busy, too poor, or too concerned about other things to spend the time and effort? Is it because we think change doesn’t happen at an individual level, but rather, it’s up to the politicians to make laws that create change?
Have I found your reason yet?
I have reasons, too. I’m not perfect, I falter. Since I have had such a crazy schedule lately, I don’t have a lot of time to cook so I do eat frozen pizzas and take out lunches on occasion. I do get in the car on a whim and drive to wherever we need to go sometimes. And I definitely do turn on the air conditioning when I’m sweating and can’t think, saying to myself that I can’t save the world if my brain is frying from the heat!
But wait. It’s not all or nothing, right? Any change in the positive direction is good change.
It’s ok to taake one step at a time. And even to start by changing the things that will make you happier. Just start by doing whatever you like to do, but do it in a way that emits less carbon. For instance:
- Do you like to cook? So spend the time to cook a meal with fresh, local ingredients that taste better!
- Do you hate cleaning? Then throw out all the toxic stuff and just spray some vinegar and wipe.
- Do you love walking? So walk the two miles to work, or to and from the store, or wherever else you need to go.
- Can’t stand tap water? Instead of buying bottled water, find a water filter that attaches to your sink – it will likely taste better and be cheaper!
Do you see? Any change is better than no change. Don’t worry about doing it all at once, don’t worry about changing everything you do. Just change what will improve your quality of life. Make your changes work for you – to make yourself happier and healthier. Once you’re happier and healthier, the other changes might not look so hard – you never know!
This blog is full of small changes you can make which together all add up. Make some of the changes, and then tell a friend about them, or even make changes together with your friend. We can inspire our friends and families to change, which increases our own power to change the world and help stop climate change.
You don’t have to change your life entirely to stop climate change. But you do have to start the change. Take a challenge here or at another blog, read a book about things you can do, whatever gets you going. One step at a time.
Please Share Your Own Experiences!
For those of you who are far along in your lifestyle changes: What worked for you? What got you to start changing the way you do things?
And for those who are thinking about it but haven’t done much to change the way you do things: What are your biggest barriers? How can we help?
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