I refuse to be the reason the polar bears go extinct.
All of us, every living creature, is in a long-term relationship with the planet we occupy. But right now it looks more like a toxic relationship, as we humans treat Earth like shit. We tell her we love her, then poison her and neglect her needs because our wants are FAR more important to our selfish egos. Those egos are leading us to destroy our home, as well as all the other occupants of this beautiful little miracle of a floating rock.
DO YOU WANT THIS LITTLE GUY TO DIE?
(Source: Cutearoo, which is appropriate because LOOK AT DAT FACE)
No? That’s what I thought. It’s time to stop and put a little TLC into our relationship with Earth before she abandons us altogether and lets us choke on our own carbon dioxide fumes.
Join me in making this pledge.
I SWEAR I WILL…
…recycle whenever possible, even if it presents a slight inconvenience to me, such as carrying recyclables in my purse until I encounter a designated bin. (Not sure what you can recycle or not? Find out.)
…avoid buying plastic water bottles and buy a nice reusable water bottle I can use again and again to save money AND the environment. (May I suggest this amazing one?)
…bring reusable cloth bags to the grocery store so that I’m not acquiring a giant mound of plastic bags every time I shop that will never decompose. Like, basically never. (Educate yo’ self.) But on the rare occasion that I forget said bags (keep them in your car at all times to make it easy), I will bring back the plastic bags to the grocery store to be recycled.
…take shorter showers. You do not need a 20 minute shower. No one needs that much time to get clean. Da fuck do you have on your body that requires so much scrubbing time?
…think about what I eat. Buy organic. Buy local. Eat more vegetables and less meat. Maybe confront the fact that there’s even more at stake here than your health, although health is also pretty freaking good reason to stop eating junk food. At this point many of us know that an organic apple doesn’t deliver that many different nutrients than a non-organic apple (they do taste a hell of a lot better though). BUT that organic apple also doesn’t deliver devastating pesticides that will probably give you cancer and will definitely make a million other living things die when they come into contact with it. Pesticides don’t know when to stop killing. They’re chemicals, not little robots designed to kill plant-eating bugs while dressed like Ghostbusters.
(Awesome meme created by yours truly.)
…stop eating fish. WHAT!?!?! I know. I know. Fish is normally considered the gold standard of health. But the rate at which we’re depleting our ocean ecosystems is not sustainable. Also, you don’t need to eat fish to get Omega-3s. The food industry just LOVES to sell us a great big wad of lies. Try flax oil, or eat chia seeds, or just pop a vegan supplement. Hello, gorgeous skin, and hello, happy little fishies!)
…buy eco-friendly household supplies. You do not need to buy a bottle of Downy to soften your clothes. Just throw in a splash of distilled white vinegar into your washing machine and voila! Clean, soft clothes! It’s cheap and much better for you and the environment. Yes, a lot of eco-friendly shit is ridiculously expensive and Whole Foods makes you want to immediately run away screaming with your hands clutched tightly around your wallet. Me, too. So get your goods on Amazon. Everything is available for cheap online if you just search a little.
…pay attention. Yes, we all know it’s an Inconvenient Truth. But we’re also apparently really really bothered by this inconvenience, because very little has happened recently to change the course of global climate change. Yes, the weather is starting to get really weird. But it’s not just because Earth is bored and wants to see how we react to record high temperatures or torrential hurricanes. Earth is sending us a warning.
None of the above resolutions are remotely difficult to put into action. They don’t have to break the bank or take up your entire day. I do them all, and I’m 26 and live in SoCal and only have a part-time level income while basically having no free time whatsoever. You do not need to be richer, smarter, older, less busy, or whatever other excuse people like to use to make themselves feel better about their thoughtlessness. You are in a relationship. So step up and be committed.
Don’t do it because I’m telling you to do it. Do it for your kids, your comfort (who wants to live on a dry barren cancer zone of a planet?), your health, your world.
Do it for the polar bears.