I watched Before The Flood (Stevens, 2016) a few days ago. It shook me to the core.
The two quotes below stood out as the most relevant to what I am doing here. It sort of provided an outside validation for my small actions (which might confuse and irritate my local shops in the first few months and take my family and friends aback).
I think the personal danger with this validation is two-fold:
- “I am changing my whole habits; surely this is enough.” Well… There is always more that you can do: go fully vegetarian and then vegan (future post); reduce plane use; reduce car use; organise demonstrations; write letters to governments; teach schoolchildren about global warming etc etc. Being aware of these things and understanding them is the first step to undertaking them in one’s daily life. Accepting, embracing and envisioning change is the first step to change.
- “Look at me and emulate me! I am good and you are bad!” Hum…. I have never liked to tell anyone anything about the way they lead their lives. We all make choices based on a vast amount of factors. Other people might not have the time, energy, facilities, or shops to change their habits. The reason I decided to start this change in my lifestyle was because of the non-pushy, “I’m-doing-this-for-me” tone of most zero-waste bloggers. The changes I have done so far are non-intrusive, discreet alterations to my daily life. Hopefully this blog will have that same non-pushy tone and will act as my personal progress tracker. And if it can open up discussions, start conversations and incite communication…
Anyway, here’s a screen grab of a scene in the movie, and a quote by the same speaker, Gidon Eshel.
“If you want something that you can do without appealing to any higher authorities, such as government, or whatever, I can’t think of any easier out than changing your diet. You can start tonight.”
Gidon Eshel is a Research Professor of Environmental Physics at Bard College. He is best known for his work on quantifying geophysical consequences of agriculture and diet. Recent examples compare various livestock in terms of land and water use, fertilizer based water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions per unit of product. (via)