Are you ready to say goodbye?
How are we still making excuses for widespread abuse of our planet? We have witnessed countless repercussions of our current lifestyles, yet still adding clean, renewable power to our energy mix at a glacial pace?
On top of that, we are OBSESSED with plastic. After living in NYC for almost a year, I am convinced that it’s easier to be gluten-free and vegetarian than buy a plastic-less lunch!
The western world seems to unanimously value the “great outdoors.” Yet we never think twice about filling our cars with gasoline, heating/lighting our homes with fossil fuels, or throwing away petroleum-based plastic (which won’t decompose for hundreds of years - if ever).
Renewable energy can power our homes and cars, without devastating the environment that we claim to value so deeply. I don’t know about you, but I find it tragic that we’ve been trained to accept “the economy”, “politics” and “jobs” as valid excuses for not making the switch. We can’t even keep up with other countries, let alone lead them.
I realize that we can’t completely change our lifestyles overnight, over a week, or over a year. However, everyone can alter their current mindset and end goal.
We can stay updated and positive about clean energy sources becoming more affordable and accessible. (For example, the cost of residential solar panels has quartered in the last 10 years!) That being said, we must also stay skeptical. It has become fashionable and profitable to be “green.” Yet, that term is generously applied to people, products and businesses that are NOT.
We can also share our opinions by what we buy and who we vote for. When local, state and national elections roll around take 10 minutes to find out which candidate has sustainability and renewable energy on his/her agenda. Then vote. (And if you’re really feeling committed, write your representative, and thank them for fighting for our environment and future.
We all have traditions and wonderful memories surrounding a clean and healthy environment. Are you ready to say goodbye to them?