It’s very popular to talk about climate change on social media and call yourself an activist when you don’t even lift a finger to act on your words.
Everyone wants to be loud, no one wants to actually walk their talk and do what is necessary.
It’s frustrating to see people praise Greta for being the change she wishes to see in the world while turning around and continuing with their harmful lifestyle. Is it really that hard to not be a hypocrite?
I understand that not everyone can afford to change cars, not take flights and use solar power, but we can all make progress in how environmentally-friendly we are.
- We can all eat more plants.
- We can all use public transport more and not drive our car every day.
- We can all buy more second-hand clothes (here are a few reasons why).
- We can also not buy that many things.
- We can all use bamboo toothbrushes.
- We can all use a reusable glass water bottle.
- We can all use our phones for more than one year.
- We can all use fewer notebooks and instead go digital with Trello and Evernote.
The point is, WE CAN ALL DO SOMETHING.
I have done so much to become more environmentally-friendly in the past few years (here are just a few things I do) because I truly care about our Earth. Our home.
I am not perfect and I know that I will definitely not avoid flying with a plane if necessary one day, but that’s because I am not a purist and I know that I can never be one. I can only do what I can do and choose the best option in a given moment.
Greta and Elon Musk are just two environmentalists who are doing great things yet they are very different in their approach. Some might resonate with her and others will resonate with him and that is wonderful!
They are both environmentalists and they are both saving our planet with different tools. Greta protests, speaks out and is almost saint-like in how she chooses to live, and Elon runs an (almost) zero-waste company that creates actual electric cars that are breaking records, not to mention solar energy.
Neither of them is perfect but each one of them inspires a different group of people. And even though some might compare them and think one is better than the other, the truth is that they are doing SOMETHING (something big, to be honest).
How much are their followers doing? How many of you can raise your hand and count at least 3 things you’ve done to be more eco-friendly?
The point is, every activist is different and some do more in their personal lives, while others do more through their career. Some refuse to fly with planes and hate corporations, others use planes but build groundbreaking companies that challenge the status quo.
It doesn’t really matter which side you fall on, the important thing is that you do fall on one side and aren’t just standing in the corner judging those you think are not environmentally-friendly enough while doing nothing yourself.