by Ben Kritikos
Hi. Sorry for the delay; I was stuck in Victoria station waiting for Britain to finish going insane because of two inches of snow. Last week’s top five (about climate-deniers) was very angry and negative. Sometimes that’s necessary. Climate-deniers are pretty aggravating! But sometimes we’ve just got to think positive.
This week, I’d like to share with you some of the steps Anna and I have taken to offset the waste that we, the human race, create. Waste and a lack of awareness are easily preventable habits; but left unchecked, they could prove to be potentially disastrous.
Reducing waste has manifold benefits. First and most obvious, you’re offsetting climate change — if, admittedly, only by a fraction. It’s a start! Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. Secondly, remember that at the rate we’re going, our consumption is unsustainable, so you’ll have to learn at one time or another to live sustainably. Some say live it up while you can, but I’d rather be prepared. That brings me to the third point: waste isn’t really “living it up” at all, but a way of turning off, sort of like watching television. Automatic behaviour isn’t very rewarding — unless you work in politics or religion. Taking stock of what you actually need and what you actually use, and reaslising the disparity between the two, is a liberating feeling. And lastly — I suppose I can only speak for myself — there is a great sense of accomplishment in doing one’s bit to become more involved in the rhythm of things than the capitalist/consumerist alternative. It’s okay to be proud that you’re in harmony with the spirit of the times.
These are only five of the countless ways you could be cutting down on human waste. A good start would be just using less of everything: food, water, toilet paper, even washing up liquid.
For the record, I don’t suggest you begin by keying SUV’s … But I wouldn’t discourage you.
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