The wonderful thing about change is that it doesn’t have to be big or newsworthy. Change is an avalanche, and each individual is the singular snowflake that creates the hurling mass of snow tumbling down the mountain. By focusing on what you can do, it creates a positive cycle of reinforcement and encouragement.
Single use plastic bags, thrift store shopping and veganism. Choice has become an important aspect of climate change solutions as millions of people have become more aware of their environmental impact. It has become increasingly normal to make various lifestyle changes in the name of sustainability. But would you choose not to have children because of climate change?
We talk about banning straws to reduce plastic—but the average pad can be made up of 90% plastic, meaning one pad can contain as much plastic as four plastic bags. Keeping that in mind, approximately 20 billion menstrual products are dumped yearly in the U.S. alone. It’s a curious thing that menstrual products aren’t often included in the discussion, despite the ludicrous amount of environmental damage both the creation and disposal of them causes.
It’s easy to feel too small to make a difference. But in reality, it’s the conscious efforts of normal people caring that can make big changes. I asked four people two simple questions, “what are you doing to make a change and what drives you to do so?”.
Okay, let’s admit it. Being good to the planet is damn hard. We’ve grown up in a consumerist society that normalises—no, encourages—spending. We’ve become so accustomed to that instant buzz of buying new, shiny things.
Adani, the big bad wolf of the coal world. People were out to #StopAdani, but how much do we really know about it? Well for starters, we know that it has been in the works for nine years, and as of just last month, it has been given the official go ahead.