Become a prophet of do something about it.
A while ago I was inspired by a YouTube video by Levi Hildebrand someone posted on my Facebook group. That’s positive environmentalism:
It’s great to see young people (ie younger than I) getting out there and promoting positive solutions to the world’s problems, especially when it’s funny. My kind of thinking.
Meanwhile, a historian riding a huge wave of sales called Yuval Noah Harari has written a book warning that humanity could soon be divided into a kind of “data-stocracy” who control all the data (and our thoughts) and the rest of us. Then there are the rich who will transmute into a new species, autocracies able to punish our every dissenting thought … scary stuff.
All of which apparently can happen if we don’t watch out. So in order to maintain healthy sleep patterns I’m looking for a more hopeful vision of life.
People like Yuval Harari project history into the future to take a kind of prophetic role in the world. But the ancient Prophets warned only what would happen if we turned away from God. If we followed God’s Word – sanctify life – we could avoid catastrophe. So it is with our relationship to each other, and our relationship with our breathtakingly beautiful planet on which we all depend for physical, emotional and spiritual sustenance. Sanctify life.
We can avoid environmental catastrophe, but we have to act now. We can’t escape that bit.
It’s easy these days to find out what’s wrong with the world but just knowing what’s wrong doesn’t actually change anything.
Eco-positivity says: yes, it’s serious, yes we have to take action. But wringing our hands in despair and curling up into a ball isn’t going to solve anything (although it does feel good!). So we need to stay positive as we take action. It takes a certain inner strength to do this.
So here are three ways you can be part of the solution:
- Drive less – or not at all (especially if you don’t have a licence). According to Greenpeace International transport contributes 13% to global CO2 emissions
- Start to replace plastic bottles with non-plastic alternatives. According to Surfers Against Sewage there are approximately 51 trillion microscopic pieces of plastic on Earth, weighing 269,000 tons. That’s 500 times the number of stars in our galaxy. Something to think about.
- Wear sustainable fabrics. This is an article I wrote on sustainable clothing https://fruganomics.net/2018/01/29/five_ways_to_make_your_wardrobe_zero_waste/
It’s bad news that we’re not taking proper care of our one Planet. But see it as a challenge, not as a hopeless disaster. Be like Levi Hildebrand – make ’em laugh, then get them to do something about it.