After learning more about the inner workings of the climate crisis and about the many stories of failures and successes in trying to solve the problem, how can I sit back and do nothing? I personally want to be an ecologist and a more engaged activist. This being said, there are a few goals I plan to accomplish in order to become more engaged. Here are a couple:
- Regularly volunteer to help clean up and restore my local community.
I find this to be important for a few reasons. First of all, volunteering in my community is a really good way to connect with others around the climate crisis. This makes it beneficial to, not only the health of the environment, but the health of the people in the community as well (psychologically and physically)
2. Become less materialistic
I look around my room right now and the first thing I notice is that it’s a mess. It’s cluttered and needs a serious purge. I can say with a fair amount of certainty that the majority of the things I own are not things I really care to keep. These things are not what feeds my soul or gives me happiness. Making memories with my friends and family are what really make me happy. I would honestly rather not have so much pointless stuff, especially when I know that the resources and production of these commodities negatively impact the environment. By first purging and detaching from all these things, I hope to then refrain and dampen my urge to buy so much more. I can give so much to charity, to people who need it more than I do.
One, may be difficult because as life gets busy the things that don’t necessarily need to get done often get dropped. This, however, is something I think will improve my mood when times do get busy because I will be getting out in nature with my community for a greater reason. Organizations that can help me accomplish this include Green Redmond and the Green Seattle Partnership, as well as Nature Corp.
I set these two goals in particular because they are things I have been meaning to do for a while now and its about time that I actually take action and do them. I am optimistic about achieving them because I know I am very capable and that my friends and family support me in being more environmentally friendly. I know they will hold me accountable to these things and be happy to help if I ask.
I chose the song below as my audio because, to me, it represents a group’s ability to rise up against another overwhelming powerful group, and make a difference. The video is from the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty which is a good representation of getting out of the ideological mindset of Business as Usual and doing something more fulfilling, which in the case of the climate crisis, would be becoming more engaged even when it goes against social norms.
The cover picture for this post is of oil going into a storm drain on the Bellevue College campus.