Why live sustainably?
We all have grown to have this urge to leave our mark on the world.
Have you ever written, “X was here” in the sand or in the snow? Or have broken branches or leaves off tress?
Have you ever used a plastic straw or bought something else that wasn’t recyclable or compostable? Did you recycle it after you were done or was it thrown in a landfill?
Have you ever drove or ridden in a vehicle? Or maybe live, work, or play in a building or a permanent structure?
Every day we leave our marks on the world. From the food we consume, to the place we live, to what we buy, and to what we ride, we leave a mark.
From the moment you’re born to the day you die and leave this world forever, you leave a mark no matter how insufficient.
So, where’s the line?
Why live sustainably if you leave a mark any way you do it? Why make the effort to lower you footprint?
We, as a species, have way overstepped the line for leaving our mark.
If you look at any other species and examine what their footprint is in history, you’ll find that most of them have only left a skeleton. I’m talking about fossils.
Some poor unfortunate animals die and their bodies are preserved in a watery environment and buried with mud, silt, or peat moss. Sediment builds up over hundreds of years and eventually hardens into a rock. That’s what other species leave behind.
What are we leaving behind? Piles and piles of trash. Doesn’t that sound fun?
The point I’m trying to make is that our footprints, I should specify the United States, are so enormous that it takes on average 3.5 to 4 Earth planets to support our frivolous lifestyles for a long period of time.
What do you think about that? I was shocked when I learned that information.
Leaving our names in the sand is nothing compared to what you do and use on a daily basis.
Actually, Earth and all of its inhabitants, would thank you for leaving our names in the sand instead of using another plastic straw or something else that is NOT 100% recyclable or compostable.
We should use these big brains of ours to leave behind knowledge of how to live sustainable on Earth for thousands of years to come.
Maybe we could use them to invent and create new items that are naturally clean and sustainable. I’m talking about everyday items that can be 100% recycled back into the Earth or consumer system.
In fact, many people have already thought about this and are working towards it. BUT, we need more brains. MORE SUPPORT. If you’re not going to do it for yourself, do it for future generations. Your children. Your great-grand-children.
They need to live on this Earth too. Why are we destroying it before they even have a chance to enjoy it?
It is critical at this point in time to start making changes because the marks we’ve made and are making are leaving devastating effects on the world.
Quick Science Lesson
The Carbon Dioxide level in our atmosphere has raised over 100 ppm in the last 70 years. That’s like lightning fast. It is current past 400ppms now and an “alright” ppm would be 350. But it is way past that point and just keeps rising. Learn more about Carbon Dioxide levels > https://climate.nasa.gov/climate_resources/24/
On average, our little world has warmed over 1 degree Celsius because of us. That might not seem like a lot, but it is! Our ice caps are melting, sea levels and temperatures are rising, weather is getting a little funky, and our world is going to flip upside down before we know it. Learn more about Climate Change > https://climate.nasa.gov/
But GUESS WHAT??
There is hope for us. There really is. Instead of leaving this negative scar on Earth we could flip it all around and make a positive change.
What’s the kicker?
WE have to work together. It will take everyone to do. We are resilient human beings. We are powerful. You are powerful. WE CAN MAKE CHANGE TOGETHER.
The things we do and use in our daily lives MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Each one of us drives what it is being offered and consumed. If there is a demand for cheap toxic products, then companies will continue to make wasteful things. If there is a demand for clean, sustainable products, then companies will shift gears.
Every time you purchase a product, you are voting for that way of life.
Are you voting for a sustainable life or a wasteful life?
I’m voting for sustainable, and I hope you do too.
If you are curious to know your footprint, please visit this simulator > http://www.footprintcalculator.org/
Also, here is some interesting data > http://data.footprintnetwork.org/#/
Have a fantastic day making great choices!
NASA Climate Change:
- Climate homepage: https://climate.nasa.gov/
- Graphic: The relentless rise of carbon dioxide: https://climate.nasa.gov/climate_resources/24/
Global Footprint Network:
- Ecological Footprint Explore: http://data.footprintnetwork.org/#/
- Calculator: http://www.footprintcalculator.org/