Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The answer is, no. No I'm not.

I don't spend a lot of time thinking about what effect my life has on things outside of the people I care about. I don't think on a daily basis about how I'm damaging the Earth or what resources mother nature gives to me that I take for granted. Pause that thought while I actually go shut of my air conditioners...much better, the guilt was killing me. I really should think about these things. It's important to be aware of what our life is ruining! 

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You might wonder where this is coming from, let me explain. I saw a picture on my facebook news feed and simply sharing ideas on the internet doesn't change things, so I know that I need to do more. However seeing this image inspired me to dig deeper maybe it will do the same for you.
First thought was Earth Overshoot, huh? What is this, I haven't heard of it before, the cynic in me needs to dig deeper. After some research I discovered that #oShoot is a campaign to raise more awareness about our over consumption and our demand on Earth's natural resources. A quote from the WWF campaign website:

"In less than nine months, we have now used more natural resources than what it takes the planet 12 months to produce. For the remainder of 2013, we will be living on resources borrowed from future generations."

If that doesn't make you think for a moment that we're doing things wrong I don't know what will. I'm going to spend much of today researching ways to change my habits. Little things I can do. I did a quick quiz about my footprint. the results were less than stellar.
Check out yours here.
 Still better than the US average, but not good enough. Some things to know about me. I don't own a car, I live in the city and I used to be a car owner, but then I realized I didn't need it and I got rid of it. I travel a lot, mostly by trains and buses. When I need to get around the city I walk. I'm happy to walk. Clearly this accounts for my low carbon footprint. I eat meat, I shop at regular grocery stores (though farmers markets when I can) and I try my best to buy local when it's accessible and affordable. Clearly I'm not doing enough.

Then as I was researching I ran into this image, and my answer to that question was simple and ugly. No. I'm not. I'm not good enough to the earth I take the resources for granted and I can stand to make some changes. I could also spend a little time trying to encourage others to make some changes too.


Do you have tips or suggestions on how I could improve? What are you doing to lower your consumption on Mother Nature's resources?

I thought of the song 'Survivalism' by Nine Inch Nails the entire time I was writing this article, it's the clean version so it's sort of SFW.
 
"I should have listened to her
So hard to keep control
We kept on eating but
Our bloated belly's still not full
She gave us all she had but
We went and took some more
Can't seem to shut her legs
Our mother nature is a whore"