Greetings / Greenings from Planet Earth

Monday, September 04, 2017
Photo: 13 Productions

Over the long weekend, I watched Mission Antarctique, a documentary series about Antarctica (surprise!) directed by Jean Lemire. It showed the impact of our consumption on the most remote area on the planet and the creatures that live there. This stirred my interest again in living a zero-waste lifestyle. I can't imagine that the coldest place on the planet is the fastest warming, thanks to our carbon emissions and wastage. I know, we're all to blame, but there are several ways to take action to combat global warming and to conserve our environment.

I've thought about living zero-waste before, but after researching what it entails, it's really daunting. I would like to think I'm already pretty conscious about my waste (especially with single-use plastics like straws and grocery bags), but zero-waste is a whole new league. I can't imagine everything I use will have to be biodegradable or sustainable. On a certain level, that would be great, but given my reality (and accessibility to sustainable items), goodbye skincare products, using cotton pads, and eating bags of chips! If I could go straight to the source and ask them to put shampoo or toner or Cheetos into my own reusable containers, maybe I would do that. These are only the things I eat or put on my body. Don't even get me started on energy consumption.

What's difficult about loving the environment and wanting to do something to conserve it is that most of the time, your actions will contradict themselves, or you might look like a hypocrite, or that you need to gain critical mass to really make a difference. What I want from this project is to take baby steps to save our beautiful Mother Earth so future generations can bask in its beauty. If I can convince at least one person to join me on this crusade, that is good enough for me.

This was originally posted on my original blog on 30 August 2017 found here. Will be updating this from now on.


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