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Does it really matter what I th!nk?

Published 21st January 2010 - 1 comments - 1334 views -

When I started writing for this competition I think I was suffering from an environmental inferiority complex. I’ve never claimed to be among the most well-informed bloggers on this platform, and when I started living a more “green” lifestyle I even wondered what difference I – as just one person - could really make.

I came across an article on The Onion and it seems I’m not the only one who thinks this way. In 'How Bad For The Environment Can Throwing Away One Plastic Bottle Be?' 30 Million People Wonder the satirical news provider shows how when our small actions are added together they become larger ones and over a period of time can have a significant influence.

“Pretty much the entire states of Missouri and New Mexico calmly reassured themselves Monday that they definitely knew better than to do something like this, but admitted that hey, nobody is perfect, and at least they weren't still using those horrible aerosol cans, or just throwing garbage directly on the ground.

All agreed that disposing of what would eventually amount to 50 tons of thermoplastic polymer resin wasn't the end of the world.”

What America's Thinking

It’s easy to tell yourself that because you usually recycle then not changing your lightbulbs because you don’t like the light that comes out of the energy-saving ones is excusable. Or that a domestic flight when you could have taken the train is OK because you usually walk to work. But the effect of your “bad” action is ultimately damaging for the environment, whether you’re normally “good” or not.  So visit the 10:10 website for tips if you want to cut down your carbon footprint and try to stick to them if you can. You can also add your name to the petition asking the EU to raise their 2020 targets from 20 per cent to 30 per cent – a move which would reduce the amount of CO2 allowed to be pumped into the atmosphere by 3 billion tonnes. Together, tiny changes can have a huge effect.

"Relax," thousands upon thousands of Americans quietly whispered to themselves as they tossed two articles of clothing into an empty washing machine and turned it on. "What are you so worried about?"

Category: Climate Heroes, | Tags: climate change, environment, waste, recycling,



Comments

Benno Hansen on 21st January 2010:

The world is crazy when the Onion isn’t bullshit.

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