So many people turn a blind eye to the reality of climate change because if they accepted it as a real threat they’d feel morally bound to do something, to make changes they feel will be difficult and detrimental to their quality of life. Because they are not willing to make these changes, they reject or avoid addressing the reality of climate change.
Wow, right on. We finally got “An Inconvenient Truth” in our DVD queue. Beyond all the graphs and powerpoint, which some could find a bit dry, it gets you thinking about climate change and the drastic impact it is having on the planet, of course, but also about how and why we make choices in general. How we apply the things we learn to our daily lives, how we use knowledge and understanding to live in the way we think is right. And, possibly more importantly, how we rationalize choices we make along the way that don’t always jibe with what we feel to be right. We all have those things that we think of as necessary evils. Things that we know to have a negative impact in some part on human life on earth, whether it be ours or the planet’s health, but are still things we feel make our lives easier, better, more convenient in some way. (As long as I am able, I will always get on a transatlantic flight to see my family and friends. But no, it was probably not necessary to drive to Canterbury when we could have taken the train. Bad us.) It’s important to re-evaluate them occasionally to see how necessary they really are, and to isolate where we can make changes, even small ones, to live what we feel to be a more moral life. We’ve heard it a million times, but if we all make small changes individually, the sum of the effects could really do some good. It’s easier for 6.6 billion people to move a mountain than for one person to shoulder the impossible weight. But, each person has to help, or else the mountain stays put.
The movie came to us at a good time. It’s Change Your World week here in the UK, but like I said previously, I think it’s something that can be applied globally. Hint, hint. (Yes, I walked to a smaller store for dinner groceries last night, rather than driving to Tesco. Though, I am still trying to figure out a safe route to ride my bike to the gym.)
I’ve also just found out that one of my closest friends has started a blog called Manifest Health thru Knowledge, a lovely notion that can be applied to so many areas. She forecasts her blog to be a chronicle detailing her learnings on her journey toward a healthy body, mind and spirit. “Health cannot be bought or sold, it must be cultivated and protected.” Kind of like the earth’s well-being, actually. While reading her entries, I kept thinking about how our struggles to affect changes that will benefit our personal well-being can be compared to our disinclinations to change things in our lives that are unhealthy to the Earth. Knowledge can definitely be power. But, when it comes to health sometimes we find it difficult to do what’s right, even when we know what we’re doing isn’t the best for us. I think it’s the same with how we treat the planet. I’m going to try to do better.