2 simple tasks to reduce your climate change worries.
Updated: Sep 21, 2020
I’m a child of the ’90s and the “reduce, reuse and recycle” mantra is ingrained in my conscience. I always felt that if I recycled whatever I used, I was doing my part to save the planet. Then as a young adult, I saw Oprah’s special about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a trash blob in the middle of the ocean.
I saw the images of our precious sea life being choked to death by plastic and suffocated by oil spills. Recently I’ve seen my home state of California choked by wildfires and other states drowning in storm waters.
I am terrified for our future. The more I think about it; it sends me in a downward spiral mentally because this is devastating.
We all have been guilty of making poor choices for our planet. It made me reflect on all of my purchases and choices. All those straws I used, all those miles I drove, all those plastic water bottles I didn’t reuse...
If we don't take action, these are the images seared into my brain: Extreme heatwaves, wildfires, and intense hurricanes are just some of the disasters that are pretty much guaranteed. My anxiety amplifies.
Are you also plagued by the constant thoughts of the world ending? I cannot be alone in thinking about how we are not doing enough to help the planet due to our greedy ways of human nature.
As a person who loves to look for solutions, I googled what I can do right now to help fight climate change. It didn’t make me feel any better. It’s a complex global problem. However, the key to calming most anxiety is to focus on what you CAN do.
Here are TWO simple tasks to help calm your nerves and do something good for the planet:
1. REDUCE, REUSE, & RECYCLE: I lump these into one because they are interchangeable. The mantra sticks because it’s manageable. Seriously. Whatever you’re doing, do less of it. If you can reuse or recycle it, do it. Use less energy: turn off lights you don’t need, unplug devices and appliances you aren’t using regularly, take shorter showers, use reusable bags when buying items from the store, buy a reusable water bottle to fill up instead of using plastic, thrift shop before hitting up Target. This is the easiest way to feel better instantly. I promise if you look around, you can find at least one or two ways to reduce, reuse, or recycle.
2. PICK UP TRASH: I promise you that if you go take a walk around your neighborhood you will find trash that needs to be placed into a garbage or recycling bin. Do not hesitate to pick up trash. This makes your neighborhood a better place. Do some research and sign up for a local clean up session. It’s such a simple gesture. But it matters.
The current state of the world’s climate and environment can be overwhelming to the individual. It’s easy and valid to blame big corporations and corruption. However, we can’t forget that tiny actions by individuals can spiral into big change. Climate change and its impacts are no longer something to fear in the future. The effects are here. We have to take any action, however simple, and start making changes now.
Education is the first step to taking action. Be mindful of how you are affecting the planet. If we can control our actions, we can help educate other people to make a positive difference in their life too.
By Rebecca Victoria That Cannabis Writer