Stop being such a fool. Earth Day is in every choice you make. You want to save the planet? The only thing you need to do is DRASTICALLY change the way you live.
This post has FOUL language in it.
I am sitting outside having my morning coffee, the sun is not even waking yet, Ayven gets us up around 3 or 4 am, which can seem like massive sacrifice, and it is, but I must tell you it feels like such a gift when I take the time to be still in it. Sitting here, listening to the birds preen and sing, smelling the soil in the air after last nights rainfall and watching the rabbits and squirrels begin their scavenger hunts for the day fills my soul to the brim within mere seconds. My spiritual connection with the earth runs deep. I have more respect for all the tiny facets of nature than I do most humans. This planet and its lifeforms have taught me just about as much as Ayven has and often in similar ways. The earth is authentic. There is nothing unreal, manipulated or contrived. She does nothing that she wants and only what she needs. This need versus want behavior is seen throughout nature in all kingdoms, except the Human Kingdom. Earth Day causes such a rise in me, on one hand I love that many will finally get off their asses and maybe clean up a park, or that perhaps, in a classroom somewhere a kid finally connects with the actual knowing that the earth is within them. But on the other hand it makes me want to scream at the top of my lungs because on this day more than any other we are fed "earth washed" indoctrination by waiters who come disguised wearing "eco-friendly, sustainable, GMO free cotton tunics.
It begins with an appetizer : slacktivism, simply sharing our love for the planet on social media. Then it moves into the hybridized al a carte items: this one day Ill clean up a park, or today I'll bike ride to work, and then it moves into the full course menu: Buy this "sustainable" product and you will support the Earth. Shop here and you will help impact the planet. The pitch is full of psychological manipulation, full of words that comprise a "story" you as a consumer can connect to, eliciting an emotional buy in that either makes you feel sad, or good, like you are making a difference. More and more I find myself becoming so frustrated with our population here on this planet and it's less over the finite aspects like mining, animal abuse, shark finning, dolphin slaughter, pesticides. My frustration stems from our inability to critically think for ourselves, it rises from the fact that even "earth lovers" are genuinely manipulated by a culture that has been created for profit. A culture that steals values from solid virtues and presents these virtues to create profit at the fundamental expense of our planet. So before I go on with this mental thought play, I absolutely believe, and support the idea of shifting the power of currency, of consumer power to enable a new economy full of products that absolutely truly, and authentically support our world, our people, our creatures, our fauna, but we are being sold the notion that we can buy our way out of what we're doing to the planet.
BUYING is what got us into this mess in the first place.
Spending more than 15 years within the "change making movement", I have been able to observe far more than someone who hasn't been in my role, and what I have observed is valuable. Working with various people on an intensely diverse set of projects, missions or collaborations provided an ability to see the various worlds within "change" and how we, the everyday people, are fooled on a daily basis. Somewhere along the way we developed this ability to create excuses at just about every turn in our choices, we hide the truth in layers of "reasons" or find ways to say that "at least", we or them does "this and that", we've learned to accept this notion of "doing our best" yet this "best" thing is not authentically best. It's just partial, and somehow partial has become a marker we use on our check list because we've stopped being honest with ourselves. I love the planet: I recycle… yet, I LOVE to shop. I am an animal lover: I rescue cats but wear fur trim. I am against non renewable energy: I drive a lot, fly a lot, buy boat loads of vitamins. We are so full of excuse contradictions that we are so guilty of them that we create excuse contradictions for not only ourselves but other people or businesses.
Slacktivism is not just an online thing, people. Slacktivism is an internal aspect of who we are developing ourselves into and it drives me crazy.
If today was 100 years ago, I would probably be less annoyed with this concept, but it's not. It's 2016, and our oceans are mostly dead or dying, the nutritive soup that keeps our planet stable and earthquake free is being sucked out of the planet with straws in every mouth. It's 2016, and our food supply is on the brink of collapse, our water supply -lol- people have no idea just how unstable our lives TRULY are. We are too busy with our gossip mags, celebrity brands, product brands, labels, must haves and have fallen completely into addiction with the bullshit story we are fed on a daily basis. It's so astounding to me, how many people are obsessed with people they don't know, have never met, never formed an honest bond with. It's is beyond comprehension how people will waste their time getting in line to give a company their money and we are SO busy with half-assed efforts and internal slacktivism that the very people who were awakened to help change the planet for the better are now also brainwashed. My own mother for example; an Earth lover for sure, an animal protector- god help you if you hurt a fellow furry friend, she will most certainly take you out… but for all the fab things she possess within her as a matriarch for the planet and its creatures, her efforts are excuses. She knows that our water supply is screwed, yet she buys bottled water because she "believes" it's healthier for her. She is disgusted by earth rape, yet she shops like no tomorrow. All her "beliefs" become nothing but "beliefs" when her actions negate her previous efforts. It's simple people…. Our actions count, ALL of them. Does me stating these things about my own mother make me mean? Does it make me a bully- no fucking way. And if you think it does, you are a part of the blinded, the fooled. Wake up you silly, over sensitive, entitled human. Being, honest….talking about the difficult things, learning how to take/enable/utilize observations about ourselves that are negative is THE ONLY bloody thing that will empower us to get back onto the real path of human evolution. Remember, when we were in school they would tell us to ignore bullies? How's that working out for the world? ugh, stupid humans.
I'll simplify what I'm trying to say: If you want to actually save the planet, if you give a shit about poverty, if you want our creatures to have more room to roam- stop buying into the drug you are being fed, stop BUYING and start living, start experiencing. You don't need 90% of the things you buy. Truly. You don't need paper towel -tribes in Africa don't have bounty at hand. You don't need "cleaners" for your home, you don't need trendy items every season, you don't need another handbag, even if it is made out of recycled fish skin ( inside joke with my wife). You don't need a new facial cream if you have one at home, you don't need a new phone if yours works well, you don't need new runners just because last years colours are out, EVEN if the damn shoes are made from recycled plastic. YOU don't NEED them. Get over the entire entitlement syndrome you've accepted and now think you're doing great things by buying shoes made from bamboo, you don't need 90% of what you buy.
If you want to make a difference, if you really want to help this planet and it's creatures, take the money you were going to spend on that damn handbag, shoes, watch, phone and give it to a micro loan to someone in a village who is building a life, take that damn currency and give it to your LOCAL animal shelter. STOP all this unbelievable nonsense, and wake the fuck up. You are not doing a good thing by buying that recycled hat if you have a hat already…. you are not doing any good, by buying into the concept that solving the oceans problems, or the earth ailments comes in the form of spending your money on a conscious consumer purchases. Doing the planet some good comes from DRASTICALLY reducing your consumption PERIOD.
I used to buy into this story. In my bathroom years ago, I had every eco, organic body care product your could imagine, I found myself buying them JUST because it supported some cause in the process until I woke up. Brands and the profits its people make used my compassion, my hopes to brainwash me into thinking I was supporting a cause, supporting a movement towards a healthier, kinder planet. If I want to help the planet, I, we need to stop buying things we don't need, and if you want to support causes or movements, do so by providing funds, volunteer hours, donated blankets DIRECTLY to a group. Buy what you NEED, 99% of the time, and what you want 1%. When you do buy want you want buy the conscious choice, but for the love of earth, do some research, most of the claims of a green product are washed, most of the claims of animal cruelty free products have small print.
I dropped my wants 4 years ago when my husband called out my hypocrisy one day. He was factual, and the things he said weren't gentle or covered in lipstick- they were real, honest and helped me on a level I am ever so grateful for. I buy what I need, and when I buy what I want it tends to be experiential buys as opposed to items, and you know what I don't miss any of those old items, I don't feel like I'm sacrificing- I feel free.
Earth Day is in every choice you make. Earth Day is in every product you buy and the question you need to ask is who's honestly getting the benefit from your money- the earth or someones bank account? We have fallen prey to the idea that if we support companies that tout eco goodness we can just go on buying our entitlement. It's so sad to me, that there are kids out there being indoctrinated into this buying behavior. We continually give our 99% to the 1%. Buy local, buy from small business owners that genuinely practice what you hope for this planet, don't be repeatedly fooled into buying products from a 99-percent-er. You're only donating to their bank accounts, you're only helping increases the divide between the 99% and the 1%, and you aren't truly doing anything but adding a consumption behavior.
Earth day is IN EVERY CHOICE YOU MAKE. The earth is authentic. There is nothing unreal, manipulated or contrived. She does nothing that she wants and only what she NEEDS. If you are TRULY an earth warrior, GENUINELY working towards a new world, leave the old one behind, and start behaving like our mother does. Simple.
REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE
The only truly powerful action in that list right there is REDUCE.
Recycle would be powerful if companies were forced to use recycled materials, instead the buck gets passed on to compassionate consumers who recycle, yet the very company that put us in a position to recycle buys NEW RAW material to CREATE MORE things for you to recycle. ( Continue to recycle please)
REUSE would be powerful if more people actually REUSED, it would be more powerful if in stores "still good" products HAD to be sold before NEW ones.
REDUCE is the only truly powerful action, but it's the one that requires the biggest change from us, the truest commitment, the biggest divergence from current economic brainwashing. It's doing what is necessary. REDUCE is for the powerful, it's for the FREE. It's for the TRUE change makers who understand what we are all participating in. Sometimes you MUST to what you MUST, not what you can, not your cutesy little best. We've raised generations of humans who think doing what we must is optional because of the "little" things they "try" to do.
I'm with Yoda. " There is no try, there is only do."
FYI the crap you're picking up today in a park wouldn't be there if someone hadn't bought it, the crap in our landfills wouldn't be there if someone hadn't bought it.
You see that's the thing, people don't tend to throw out things THEY NEED.
This blog post is unedited, proofed and on the fly- deal with it.