Monday, November 18, 2013

NaBloPoMo Day 18: Answering Questions (Part 2)

One of the questions that someone asked in the survey was "How did you become interested in environmental issues?"

I don't really know how to answer that. I feel a moral obligation to protect and give a voice to what can't speak for itself.

There used to be a farm near where I lived, and one day we drove by and all that was left of the beautiful forest on a hill were tree stumps. I remember asking my dad why anyone would want to cut down such a beautiful place. How any amount of money could be worth that devastation?

I remember a high school teacher who taught math but really taught me about sustainable living. About living with less. When asked in a career sense, I usually blame him for becoming an environmentalist.

I wanted to be a vet, I wanted to save animals lives. But all over the world animals are going exist because their habitats can no longer support them. Whether it's because it's literally gone through forestation or simply because the climate is changing and the animals are going to have to migrate or adapt.

When I went to India, a place I had to drink bottled water, I brought all the bottles to Australia with me so I could recycle them here. Recycling is so easy, and yet most of the time we're too lazy to make the extra effort.

I grew up on a hobby farm. My mom grew all our vegetables and we froze or canned them together for our winter meals. How can you not protect the land that feeds us, literally?

I think environmental issues, like possibly every cause, once you learn more about it, it becomes impossible not to be angry that we seem to be stuck in inaction. I'd highly recommend - it's a global organisation and it has some really good materials on climate change and great ways to get involved, no matter where you are.

I like that there are a million different ways to solve environmental problems, and I like that we're going to need all one million ways to solve The Problem. It means that whatever you're interested in: taking down the fossil fuel industry, divestment, renewable energy, stopping pollution, protecting water, growing sustainable food, reducing personal greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable building codes, governments taking national action, international treaties....whatever it is you're into, their is a movement working on that.

What I don't like is it often feels insurmountable.


  1. I believe the fact that it does feel insurmountable is what spurns people to inaction. It's too easy to think, "Why bother?" But, as Romain Rolland once said, "A hero is a man who does what he can." That's the key--to do what we can, where we can, with what we can. Oh, and hold tight to our sense of humor. It's too depressing otherwise. :)

  2. I'm not the only person who carries recyclables home from vacation?!!?!

  3. I remember when I worked as a barista we were all taught from the get go about sustainability and how important it was for the business. We were also taught to teach our customers the same thing. It felt so good to be part of something like that - it made me proud to be part of that company.

    P.S. I’m giving away a pair of really cool sunglasses today, come check it out!

  4. Deidre....
    I am glad that you have a cause which you're vehement about. Everybody needs at least one. ;)

  5. At least you know what you're passionate about... I'm still trying to figure that one out *sigh*

  6. I'm for running Monsanto out of business. The things they do are so underhanded .. not to mention OBVIOUSLY bad for our health - ! I don't understand how people can't NOT have a cause these days... because its not like the governments do, aside from pilfering our wages and sending us down the pike, that is. BOO Monsanto!
    (That was my soap box for the week)

  7. So fantastic :) I wish there were many more with your passion for environmental issues!