Environmentalism Requires Intention

Updated: Jan 8, 2021

I find environmentalism hard. There I said it. It is not something I grew up with. I didn’t learn it as a child. I am a fully grown adult and sort of “set in my ways” but I am willing to learn. I do care about the environment. And to care about the environment requires that I think about all of the things that are not second nature to me. It requires that I think about taking my reusable shopping bags into the store. It requires that I go back to the car and get the bags when I inevitably forget them. It requires that I think about filling up the dishwasher instead of running it when it is stinky but not quite full. It requires that I get up off the couch to turn off the lights in the kitchen while I am working in the living room. Environmentalism requires me to check the info provided by my city - what goes in the blue bin, what goes in the grey bin, what goes in the green bin, and then separating the glass from all of the above because that has to be driven to the recycle depot. None of it is easy. All of it requires thought. Environmentalism requires intention. For sure there are days when I consider skipping it, but honestly that is just lazy, so instead I leave it for later when I am able to devote the effort environmentalism expects of me. And so I am learning and willing to improve. I hope we all are. Please send in your story about environmentalism and tell us why you are passionate about it. Your story is needed to inspire others, including me.


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