There are heaps of reasons for why people care about climate change enough that they change their life style.
For some it's because millions of peoples livelihoods are and are going to be drastically altered or destroyed as the climate changes.
For some it's that our children's home will be one that we won't recognise because the environment is so changed.
For some it's all about fossil fuels - why use something that makes people sick? That causes wars? That is destroying beautiful landscapes.
As I said, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
For me, it has never been about the people. It has always been about giving the tree that is thousands of years old a voice to say "hey don't tear me down" and the animals habitats who are being destroyed. It's about the beautiful river that can't say "stop polluting me."
I've tried to make changes to my life so I'm protecting those things that I care about: the health of our planet. I try to buy food that is locally grown and organically grown. I try to limit how much travel I do by car (it helps not owning one); I work hard on a less is more attitude when it comes to things I own.
But the harder part is actually making decisions on what to buy. Food is easy - it's something I'm really passionate about and so it's easy for me to make the less packages, more organic, more free range choice.
Clothes on the other hand? I struggle a lot. That sweater probably isn't made from fields that get crop rotation and no pesticides and how do I know that? Because it's $9.
My point is this - this week I bought my wedding band. If you remember last September before we got married the first time, I purchased this incredibly gorgeous ring seen here. I've never been that into diamonds and this pearl ring is incredibly me, so it was a match made in heaven.
However, pearl rings are not meant for every day wear.
So I knew a couple of things when I was looking for a wedding band:
One I wanted it to fit with my engagement ring
Two I wanted to be able to wear it while gardening, washing the dishes, and swimming in the ocean
Three I'm allergic to gold, and I find plain silver rings to be a bit boring - so I wanted a stone.
And so, I began to talk to NodeForm again - we talked about stones I could use...like black diamonds (for a girl who doesn't like diamonds, I'm quite smitten with black diamonds) we talked about sapphires, we talked about heaps of stones.
As it turns out...gem stones aren't real ethical. Diamonds in particular. I didn't know what to do. I agonised over this decision for weeks. What kind of person am I, if I know and understand the problems that are caused by mining for diamonds, and then I buy one anyway?
NodeForm has been amazing to work with (yet again), and been patient while I've hemmed and hawed over whether I can wear a 'conflict free' diamond without feeling horrible about myself.
In the end, 'conflict free' is what I ended up going with - I feel like it's a slight cop out...like 'Free Range' which doesn't mean, usually, what we imagine, how conflict free are conflict free diamonds?
The ring is beautiful - but making these decisions is so hard for me.
What do you do when faced with ethical dilemmas?