Environmentalism involves everyone, whether you like it or not.
We all live on this planet, and thus it’s down to us to look after it – in exactly the same way that if you live in a flat, it’s your responsibility to maintain it. More importantly, us looking after the planet now, determines the lives of the generations to come. I want to do everything I possibly can now, to ensure that my children still have a beautiful world to experience – honestly I struggle to understand anyone who thinks otherwise.
Too many times now have I heard people explaining that the environment isn’t their issue because they personally haven’t experienced any direct impact from the climate crisis. People don’t bother even trying to treat the world with the respect it deserves, because they’re too busy living in the here and now.
I’ve just counted the environmental swaps I’ve made in the past 18 months and it’s about 20 (I wrote them all down here). I’m trying hard to make changes to my lifestyle that will offset the environmental impact of my decision to have children. I am also trying my upmost to ensure that my children understand the importance of sustainability and carry on caring for the planet.
Having made these swaps to my daily life, I know how easy some of them are, and cannot fathom any reason why you wouldn’t engage and make the swap. Things as simple as eating less meat, using reusable water bottles and coffee cups, and swapping to some ethically sourced products can make a big difference. Imagine if everyone you knew made these small changes – the environmental impact would mount up quickly and with minimal effort! Yet still, I see countless photos of people plastered all over the internet with their disposable cups and bottles, while wearing their fast fashion. It’s infuriating.
We don’t have to change our entire lives to help out, but the small changes are important. I urge you, make a few small swaps, and encourage others to do the same.