It takes time for change to happen.
The way we live our lives.
We might not be so willing to let go of convenience and comfort.
It’s convenient to go to the local supermarket that has everything that we need (plus the unnecessary extras) to survive, even though it means that we will have to put a blind eye to the many layers of plastic that surrounds and “protects” the food. It means that we will have to buy a garlic bulb from Mexico when there is beautiful garlic growing in our neighbour’s backyard. It means that we will have to painfully watch the supermarket staff pack your five items into hundreds of plastic bags. It means that you will have to walk through the maze of isles in order to find the few “one ingredient items” that you are looking for, items that are usually stored somewhere on a bottom shelf, pushed into a corner by a sea of processed food.
I find it disturbing (because I am aware of the consequences) to see vegetables at the supermarket wrapped up in plastic and then to be put in plastic bags – bags that (perhaps) are to be thrown away as soon as we get back home, only to end up as landfill the next day.
Yes, it takes time and effort to shop mindfully and to seek out sustainable ways of buying and storing our groceries and to seek out ways to reduce our consumption of plastics. But in the end, the earth will thank you.
Awareness is key and is the first step that one has to take in order for change to happen. Once awareness hits you, then there are a couple of options to choose from: to put a blindfold on or to put your glasses on; the green pill or the red pill; Jedi or drone; to stay in your comfort zone or to step out of it; watch the news or create the news.
Lead by example and practice what you preach.
I’m not perfect, but I’ve started to make conscious changes in my own life in order to make the world a better place in every little way that I can.