My family and I like to explore… unfortunately, we often do so in an eco-damaging way (driving in our car instead of walking or cycling or scootering)…….. yet, as I cause my own damage to the environment, I am also judging others….. yes, many Christians would point out to me that I have no business pointing out the speck in someone else’s eye when there is a log in my own…. yet it seems I am doing just that with this post.
I find it very disturbing that there are many people in our society that seem to think it is okay to use this world as a giant trash pit. Now, on one level we can argue that we all do that to some extent if we are using more than we should, not recycling, etc. On some level, because we produce trash, we are still trashing our planet, even if we do so in a more socially acceptable way. Yet, I look at my behaviors and others and I still think there is a difference (maybe some of my readers will disagree with me or correct me)…..
I think there is a difference between producing too much waste and not being eco-friendly, but throwing it in proper garbage bins, and literally using our earth as a trash pit. When I walk downtown and there is trash everywhere, and corners with old food, and more corners that smell like urine because people are too lazy to walk further to find a restroom… when I find these things I get very angry…. I feel as though people do not have respect for themselves or the society they are a part of – they are not seeing themselves as part of a collective, and they are not seeing the earth as a place where us inhabitants collectively live – they are only caring about themselves in those moments…. it is really disheartening.
I love it when I see communities come together to clean beaches and downtown areas, to re-build parks and take back their collective spaces. It gives me hope that we really can come together and make a difference for our future. I believe that reducing our carbon footprint also involves community empowerment and renewal. Together we can reverse the damage we are inflicting.
Today, 252 days ’til 40, I am challenging myself to discover how I can give back to my community – rather than complain about the trash, I need to work to mobilize individuals to make a difference……. we all can.