There is No Planet B
I am conscious of my actions as a 21-year-old for many reasons, but my main one has become the environment. Our Earth. Our beautiful planet that is trying so hard to sustain us while we all act so recklessly. When I talk to people older than me about what they were thinking of at my age, I get answers like “buying a car”, “finishing a degree”, or “getting ready to start a family”. At my age I am thinking about how the nine-year-old car I drive is bad for the environment. I think about how I am selfish for doing a degree in music when I could be learning about environmental sustainability and helping our planet. I think about if I really want to bring another human into a world that is already overusing its resources. What life would I be leaving behind for my child?
I can’t get mad at anyone for their actions before I was born because no one knew any better. But today in 2019, I am mad. We have known better for at least thirty-years and very little people have cared to make a difference or change their ways. So many people understand the implications of their actions on the earth but think it’s too much of a hardship to switch them up. Because of that, we now have the younger generations trying to fight a battle on behalf of all ages. Youth activists like Greta Thunberg, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, and Timoci Naulusala are trying to influence the population to listen to them and the earth and not enough people are listening. I always say that I agree with saying that we don’t need 10 people doing zero waste perfectly, we need 1000000 people attempting it. But how do we get people acting on it with governments and authoritative figures not setting good examples?
Xiuhtezcatl says that we (the younger generations) are the generations with the most to lose. And that’s true. We haven’t even lived yet! We will be losing our earth, but also our opportunities. It is estimated that we have just another 31 years before 90% of mankind is annihilated by climate change (Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration). This will happen due to climate catastrophes like floods due to rising sea levels, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. I will be 52.
Living in Nova Scotia makes it easy to ignore these warnings and global disasters. I can go to any beach and swim without having to navigate around plastic in the water. I can drink as much clean water as I like and not worry about droughts. One of the easiest things to notice for me are the rising gas prices. It’s easy to remain oblivious to the bigger issues facing our Earth when they’re not right on your doorstep.
I can’t stress enough that we need to change how we are acting! It’s time to try and be perfect with how you treat the earth! If you forget your reusable mug try and seek an alternative but if there isn’t one, don’t buy a coffee! If you can walk to work, then do it even when it’s raining! If you have businesses like Farmers’ Markets or zero-waste grocery stores, buy there instead of at a chain grocery store. Find the small ways that you can improve your life as well as your environmental impact and do them! This is not a drill and it never has been. We need to become more responsible and accountable for how we treat the planet. Think of your future, your family’s future, and the earth’s future!
“The analogy that I would draw is someone looking at their bank account and week after week, they’re withdrawing money and they’re enjoying the good life. If they would bother to read the statements, they would see that the bank account is dropping $900, $800, $700, $600. And at that rate you know that another six months of the good life, is not going to be the good life anymore.”