Welcome to Everyday Environmentalism! This blog will be an amateur exploration of how to live a more environmentalist lifestyle one baby step at a time.
If you’re like me, the challenges facing our environment and our future can feel overwhelming. A lot of large-scale changes will need to be made in the near future if we are going to get our world back on track. This work will be done by scientists, politicians and corporate powers, the people in charge who will make the big decisions necessary. But where does that leave normal people like us?
A conservative friend of mine once told me that it was absurd to believe in climate change because the world is so large; it’s absurd to think we could have any impact on it. That is flat out not true. While the biggest detrimental forces to our climate largely industrial, we all share our part of the blame.
According to EcoWatch “the average American throws away 185 pounds of plastic per year.”[i] What if you could take steps to keep that 185 pounds out of the landfills? What if you could at least cut that number down by half? That makes a definite impact.
Assuming an average lifespan of about 78 years (for the U.S) that means roughly 14,430 pounds of plastic waste over the course of your life. How much of that plastic did you really need? How much did it really improve your life? Was it worth the fact that most of that plastic might sit in a landfill without degrading for a thousand years or so?
We can’t continue living the way we have if we want to be in it for the long haul. It is estimated that the Earth will continue to be habitable for another 1.75 billion years or so, if we don’t mess it up first. That’s plenty of time for humanity to continue to evolve and develop into the more enlightened beings we have the potential to become. Let’s make sure we have that chance.
As Albert Einstein so wisely said: “the world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” Let’s not stand idly by while our climate is threatened. Let’s all do our personal best to live a more sustainable life. Together we are many, and we can make a huge impact if we try.
[i] Lots of disturbing facts available about plastic waste here: