I put this post up before in my other blog, but I just wanted to share it again =)
Previously, I discussed the importance of saving money and I put up a video of The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard. The reason I put this up is because it explains not only the reason of why we should save money, but also why we should buy less stuff. The endless cycle of buying things and then throwing them out just to buy more things is not only making us exhausted, but it’s also exhausting the earth.
A friend of mine had commented that she watched it and thought the video was inspiring, but also naive and trite. She mentioned that she didn’t like the way it leads us to believe there was anything we can do about the world, because in the end, nothing changes….
This got me thinking.
Now we’re all probably sick of hearing that the earth is dying, and how evil the big politicians and corporations are, but exactly why are we sick of hearing about it? Besides the fact that it’s depressing and repetitive, I think it’s because it evokes a feeling of hopelessness. Yes, there is intoxication, pollution, corruption, clear-cutting of forests, but what can we do about it? Does that mean every time I recycle it saves a tree? Every time I wear faux fur instead of real, does that save an animal? Probably not, we think.
The slogan of every environmental group seems to be that we can make a change, and that every little step counts. Yet the problem is that we care more about convenience or ourselves rather than anything else, and a part of us doubts the over oversimplifications or questionable facts that environmentalists try to feed us. So what can we do?
Here is the bottom line: It’s hard to believe everything we hear about anything. Even I think The Story of Stuff might be flawed, because it probably does oversimplify the problem. Even so, it’s the principles that you should believe in.
Instead of thinking how recycling does little, or that one person trying to lead a sustainable life is meaningless, think about the bigger picture. If everyone thought it was a hopeless dream to end these environmental and social issues, then the earth and our society would deteriorate at such a scary, rapid rate. If no one was inspired to recycle, or no one even pretended to care, where would we be? The important thing is that even amongst it all, we keep hope for change and keep trying. No one’s asking you to pee in a bucket or completely stop throwing out garbage yet, but at least make an effort. Maybe you can recycle more, spend a little less, and not make fun of that hippie looking guy who talks about sustainability. So what if nothing changes? What if something does? At least when you look back you can say that you tried.
Or at least this is just my hopeful opinion.