Do I Matter?

December 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve spoken to a few people about this blog recently, and all of the expressed the same sentiments: They felt that no matter what they did, whatever they were doing would make too small of an impact to matter, and therefore just didn’t do it. They thought that just like they felt no reason to go bottle free, or recycle, or shut the water while brushing their teeth, that I shouldn’t bother with this blog because it won’t make a noticeable difference.

However, this is exactly what the point of this blog is. I want to get the message out there that no matter who you are, where you live, or what you do, you are making an impact on the environment, so why not make it a good one? I think that the tips I present provide enough easy, painless ways to make this happen.

This train of though has led to my first addition to the Manifesto, which now reads:

  1. Our environment is on a path towards irreversible damage that will threaten human life as we know it.
  2. The only way to save our environment from irreversible damage is to have the immediate adoption of sustainable practices by corporations, governments, and individuals.
  3. To have effective and long-lasting sustainability, the government must work in tandem with businesses and citizens.
  4. Sustainability does not and should not require the loss or sacrifice of modern-day conveniences.
  5. Sustainable practices should have benefits in areas other than the environment, i.e. profit, happiness, or general well-being.
  6. Sustainable changes will only be effective if done with pure intent and carried out to completion.
  7. No act of sustainability is too small to make a positive difference in the world.
  8. The first step on the road to sustainability is the dissemination of information, without which we cannot successfully make sustainable change.
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