So it’s not an unknown fact that I’m a huge advocate for looking after the planet. Since I started school, it was impressed on me that climate change is a thing. I got taught all about it and you know, back in the early 2000’s, it seemed scary, but it didn’t seem as though it would affect anyone until after MY generation were long gone.
Oh, how wrong I was.
As I’ve grown up, I’ve done my bit. Recycled where I can, not ate beyond my means, tried not to buy stuff that doesn’t need to be bought. I take my unwanted possessions to charity shops instead of skips. I take my old electronics to the recycle centre. I turn off my lights off, even sit in the dark sometimes. But what does one lightbulb really do in the grand scheme of things? It’s a drop in the ocean compared to… well. Let me show you.
My sister recently shared a great article by George Monbiot. This article is five years old now, and I’m gutted that I didn’t read it until the back end of this year. Monbiot puts into words what I’ve been trying to tell people for years: stop buying me stuff. But it’s not just you buying them or us or me stuff; it’s where the stuff comes from that’s problematic, and where it ends up that’s worrying.
I’m sure you’ve seen, by now (unless you’ve been living under a rock), photos of endless islands of plastic garbage floating in the ocean. Brought together by ocean currents, these islands of rubbish stretch for miles and miles and miles and miles. I’m sure you may have also seen the recent report stating that microplastics are everywhere. In our fish, our food, our meat, our plants no doubt, our water. In us. Maybe the only place they aren’t is our air – but then our air is filled with supertoxins.
Why has this happened? I’ll let you watch the following video, and I’ll say no more but this: this is the story of stuff. This is our story. This is the narrative we’ve given for our planet. We’re approaching the last chapter, fast. If we don’t make some drastic changes, the story won’t continue. This won’t just be the last disaster in a very, very traumatic novel. It will be the last page.
If you’re interested in reading more about this, I really recommend reading This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein. It does focus more on climate change, but it also explores the reason behind climate change. I implore you to try and get past the first 150 pages; it’s very doom and gloom until then, but thankfully Klein does offer solutions and makes the future look a little less bleak.