Saving Planet Earth - Why it’s a Good Thing to Care
It needs to start being a good thing to care. It needs to be cool to be kind. To other humans, animals and our planet.
Words by Eleana Davidson
It’s a fully accepted concept, treating “your body like a temple”. Some may be more serious about that than others, and there’s a million different ways of exercising this notion. Nonetheless, I think I’m right in saying that we all accept it to varying degrees. Your body is your vessel of life for the next ninety years so it makes sense. You look after it and it will look after you. On a lesser level, it’s like taking caution with your one thousand pound, two month old iPhone X. You have it for the next twenty two months at least, and you paid an arm and leg for it, so why wouldn’t you take care of it? The same applies to your brand new sofa, latest designer handbag, or a pair of sunnies you’ve just purchased that you’ve sworn to yourself that you won’t let get scratched to death by sand like it’s predecessor did this past summer. It quite literally is logic and no one really argues with it. Of course you care about the survival of it. Of course.
So why, oh why, is looking after the planet not met with the same understanding reception? Your phone may have to last another year and a half. Your body another, more or less, century but this planet earth? It’s your future children’s children’s home. It’s your home and quite literally the one and only necessity to life that we know and yet, we are so blasé about labelling those who advocate for planet sustainability as “tree huggers”, “peace preaching hippies”, or quite simply lunatics that you should probably just ignore. When will this stigma end?
Admittedly we are seeing a shift in thinking. There’s much more open conversation about plastic use (right now the Brits are attempting #PlasticFreeJuly all over the place), recycling and the impact of, for example, the dairy industry on the environment, to name just a few. Then again, on the flip side, we have - the real lunatics dare I say- Donald Trump blasting via his questionable twitter account that Global Warming is a myth. As a self-proclaimed “great writer”, you can deny the logic behind the man finding himself in office. You can also deny your support of him in every single way if you like. But what you can’t deny? His impact and following. He was elected after all, by one of the biggest and most influential countries in the world and the voting numbers were big - let’s pretend we’re definitely not thinking about Russians meddling with the figures right now - they were really big, and if there’s one thing certain, amongst many of his confusing opinions, is that there are millions in the world that agree and stand with him.
Where there is one tweet criticising Green Peace or the positives of Veganism, there’s another ten million or so retweets, and my question to you, why is that? We simply can no longer deny it. We as a species, society, community are so blasé about our ever-decreasing sustainable livelihood.
On a less dramatic level, can you imagine walking into your nearest local takeaway, loaded with your most coordinating glass Tupperware and asking the mumbling teen behind the counter that you’d like this, that and some more of this... but no plastic coated boxes please, none of those infamous plastic Chinese takeaway boxes. Can you fill up my own utilities with your glorious greasy food please? I don’t know about you, but I’m sure there would be an immense look of disdain directed right at you.
There comes a time where we must become serious about some sustainable swaps, because just like caring about your iPhone X is expected, looking after your body is normal and not plonking your new season Chanel handbag in a big dirty puddle is just duh, we need to start having that same thought processes with our home, our planet, our vessel of existence. It needs to start being a good thing to care. It needs to be cool to be kind. To other humans, animals and our planet.
Next time you’re in Starbucks or Costa, purchase one of their reusable cups. The Starbucks ones are currently just £1! They’ll also knock off 25p from your coffee every time you present your plastic free gesture so within a week you would have made your money back for purchasing the cup. The average coffee is £3.25. It will only take you 13 trips to save a whole coffee just by being kind to the world!
Say no to the pre-packed fruit and veg and buy yourself reusable shopping bags. Even start thinking about incorporating Meat Free Mondays. It really does all make a difference.
Above all, start being conscious, start thinking, start being kind. Start caring. We can make a difference, we really can, let's start making caring a good thing rather than something to be embarrassed about, because personally, I think it's the best thing someone can do. It shows compassion and that is what we need on this planet right now.