Sometimes I get overwhelmed when I think about the impact everyone has on the environment. It seems like day to day living and existing leaves an irreparable impact on the planet humans are supposed to be living on indefinitely? When I consider everything that I’ve done that’s been detrimental to the environment (i.e. the amount of plastics that I’ve consumed and disposed of, eating meat that contributes to the release of methane and other noxious gases into the atmosphere, driving and gas consumption), I get really sad. When I multiply this impact by, say, I don’t know… 7 billion? I get even sadder.
This uphill battle towards saving the world sometimes feels like it’s just too much. That in itself is an issue, and probably the reason a lot of folks simply refuse to take action towards changing the way they live. This pessimistic way of looking at things is taking over, acting like a virus. The hopelessness makes people feel like they are such a small speck on the face of the planet that their personal lifestyle choices couldn’t possibly change the ways things are going. Now, if you multiply that feeling of helplessness and despair by 7 billion, you have 7 billion people remaining stagnant, refusing to conserve energy and reduce pollution because they feel like the task at hand is impossible.
That is what needs to change. There needs to be an attitude change among people of the world. This mentality of “Gee, I’m just a drop in the bucket” or “Well, it kind of stinks, we’re killing the world as we know it, but there’s nothing little old me can do to stop this destruction” needs to be put to an end. Not only does it need to be put to an end but it needs to be replaced and converted into positivity!
What we have going on right now is a general consensus that there is nothing we can do to stop the inevitable. But if we change that to the idea that if everyone hops on board with sustainability initiatives we can turn things around, our impact on the environment will lighten up a bit. If we multiply the positivity and desire to make changes by 7 billion, we’ll be all set.
So with all of that said, what needs to happen next? I think one of the most important things is educating people on how simple it is to make positive lifestyle changes that not only save the environment, but save them money. People should be focused less on what will happen if they fail to make changes and focused more on the positive things that will happen in response to multiple people making sustainable and healthy choices. This is the age of media. There should be more education and media attention helping people learn about sustainable and healthy choices. And as an artist I feel very compelled to create things that will help push people in this direction. So, no more imagining apocalyptic scenes and crying about a future comparable to the one Pixar showed us in WallE. It’s time to be positive and grow.