The evolution of my personal value system over the past few years has evolved grounded in an awakening to our ecological footprint. We must move towards a lifestyle with a bit more voluntary discomfort. To realize how privileged we are and how entitled to our conveniences and comforts we act.
Your Convenient Life has a Massive Ecological Footprint
This means we need to look at drastically reducing our personal consumption and putting the protection of our wild natural places as paramount. It also means looking at what we eat, where we live, what does our work look like and how we spend our free time.
For me this means that our environment comes first at all costs. Our wild places need to remain wild and we need to look at reclaiming much of the rest. I’m not going to harp on about climate change but rather the massive destructive footprint that extraction and industrialization has caused. We may have not know 50 or 100 years ago but we sure as hell know what damage is being done now. We know better and must do better.
Explore Your Countries Footprint
Global Footprint Network has done an incredible job of compiling data from around the word to look at our ecological Footprint. The economic vitality of nations depends on increasingly scarce ecological assets. Their interactive map shows which countries are running an ecological deficit (red) or have an ecological reserve (green). Explore your country by clicking on this link; Ecological Deficit and Reserve Interactive Map
From our impact on the environment then we look at our footprint as humans in society. The trend in North America populations show people constantly going through cycles of hedonic adaptation. This is where our houses keep getting bigger so we can have McMansions. We sprawl out massive cities for these big houses and so we can build roads to drive our gas guzzling 7 passenger SUVs. We eat too much from mass produced corporate food systems including far too much meat and then waste even more of that food.
We have a single use product mindset, quick food, quick treats, plenty of plastic and disposable lives. Communities that scream as NIMBYs against tiny homes, van life dwellers and anyone who dares live an unconventional lifestyle. A society where we yell with road rage at cyclist. A society where we judge home owners on how green their their lawns are leading to damaging fertilizers, pesticides and water waste.
Its ok to change people, you will be fine like generations before us. Think about how how communities faced the odds of the great depression or the dust bowl years. They had nothing but we can’t do without 4 bedrooms and AC blasting?
Let us stop making decisions about the environment that are decided on how will this inconvenience me and how much will it cost. You know what, it will cost lives down the road and our future generations will pay that price.
Be open to change, embrace some discomfort in your life, reduce your footprint and while you are at it choose businesses that align with that same value. While the political systems struggle and battle to change, we the people can be the ones that make it happen while they squabble over it.
Climate Strike 2019 and Ecological Awareness is Rising
If we all collectively embrace the future, then industry, corporations and the government have no choice than to change. Thank you to all that participated in #FridaysForFuture and the #GlobalStrikeForFuture in September of 2019. This #ClimateStrike was the largest environmental awareness campaign the world has ever seen.
Believe in our future needing a change or maybe you don’t, either way you need to listen to what the youth are demanding for the future. Change for them, the wild spaces and the wildlife of our world who don’t have a voice.
Here are a few more articles you might enjoy that I have written on our ecological footprint and my thoughts and lifestyle changes.
- Striving Towards Eco-Conscious Sustainable Living
- Envrionmental Impact – Changing The Perception
- Is Environmental Balance A Reality for KinderMorgan Pipeline
Have you thought about your personal ecological footprint and if so what changes have you taken?
Have you pressured your local or national government to bring change?
Comment below as I would love to hear from you.
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