Today we discussed some of the many ways we as humans impact the earth we live on. Some of the things we mentioned were broad, others were specific, some people were passionately immersed in the subject, others were less so. For me, it is difficult to not make the topic personal. I am a human and I impact the earth on a daily basis.
The environment and its protection has always been something I am deeply passionate about and yet even I seem to disconnect from the system. Often I forget the fact that each and every action I take as an individual, is affecting the complex whole.
Today I drove my car to work from outside Seattle, I ate food grown on a farm with unknown agricultural practices (perhaps good or bad), I am wearing my mom's woolrich sweater which was "Made in British Hong Kong," and had to be shipped here from somewhere, and tonight I will go climbing at Stone Gardens with hand holds shipped from somewhere and its electricity. Even when I am buying environmentally friendly and living more thoughtfully, I am still using the environment for my own selfish gains.
And so I am constantly torn in my hypocritical ways. I say to be kind to our earth and yet how can we do that in the year 2018 in America. I suppose it's like voting in a way. Our one vote may seem like it doesn't matter, but when enough of us vote, we elect public officials. Power in numbers. So perhaps I will live a bit more environmentally aware in hopes that those around me are inspired to do the same. Then perhaps they will inspire still more and so on like a snowball effect of positivity.