Here is a recent conversation with some of my family members:
Aunt (speaking to L1 & I): Well, I ended up getting a new camera.
L1 & I: Did you try getting a new battery first?
Aunt: Yes, and that wasn’t it. There was something wrong with the whole camera. It was going to cost $X to send it in to fix it, so it went in the garbage and I got a new one.
Me: In the garbage?! You should recycle it!
Aunt (and her husband, too): No, it’s in the garbage.
Uncle: You should see all the things that should be recycled on job sites that are thrown out. (and then he chuckled)
L3 (with a raised voice): You should recycle it! Recycling rules!! (and visibly upset by hearing that things were thrown out that could be recycled.)
And then the conversation went in a different direction. For the rest of the evening L1 and I were upset by the interaction. When going to bed last night I asked him, “Is that how most people think? Just throw it out?” and he replied, “Yes.”
Is this really how most people think? Is it because there still isn’t enough information out there? Is it that people don’t know how/where to do things? Are we really that selfish as creatures?
I am far from perfect and there are things I do that are not as crunchy as I would like (ex: driving). But the above disregard/nonchalance makes me angry. I don’t want to hear excuses like, “Oh, well, they’re just too set in their ways because they are a little older.” Bull-dookie! If my grandmother who is now 80+ can learn to the use the internet and a computer and change the way she eats to be more healthy in her older age, then so can other people. AGE has nothing to do with it!!
So my friendly readers, what do you think? What can we do to change the current social climate? Apathy is not acceptable here, we’re talking about the future of the place where we all live, where our future generations, as well as countless other organisms, will live. It is irreplaceable. And I do mean “we.” It has to start somewhere, and blogland/the internet are wonderful vehicles for spreading ideas and information. So let’s hear it!
I pledge to continue to educate/make my extended family more aware of what they could be doing to tread more gently on Gaia. I pledge to continue to raise my children with this awareness and the behaviors that correspond with it.
Letting the kids learn to love nature so they will care for nature.
In a related note, I’m so upset/not sure what to do about Clorox buying Burt’s Bees! I just switched to using their shampoo and have happily used a face soap by them for the past several months, and their chapstick for years now. This just sucks.