Blog Action Day on Climate Change

Posted October 15th, 2009 by ingrid

There is something called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, an island of rubbish roughly the size of Texas. This is the stuff that keeps me awake at night and turns me into a self-righteous pain in the ass during the day. I’ve started to pay more attention to the crap I throw away and it’s a lot. I feel like I live fairly lightly but I’m also a New Yorker. I like my coffee to go and I buy a lot of shit that is produced so cheaply the actual costs are disguised and there is usually too much packaging involved to boot. I recently bought a copy of the The Urban Homestead but living in a rented apartment with absolutely no outdoor space makes keeping chickens a little problematic.


Despite the lack of chickens I believe that the choices we make as individuals are hugely important and make a real difference so I am going to continue on my path of occasional hypocrisy, frequent sanctimony and absolute joy (swapping the subway for a bicycle!)

But we also need to come together to find solutions as communities which is why initiatives like Blog Action Day (which is today – hence this post!) and 350.0rg’s International Day of Climate Action are such a good idea. And we need to pressure our governments to make the really big policy changes. I’m heartily behind Gandhi’s “be the change you want to see in the world” but I’m pragmatic enough to realise that all my recycling and urban homesteading won’t amount to a hill of beans if governments don’t take action too. That’s why I’ve added my name to the Tck Tck Tck campaign.

I’m really not interested in yet more arguments about the scientific proof for global warming. Texas-sized islands of trash in the Pacific are SCARY and WRONG. We are not living sustainably on this planet and it’s going to bite us on the bum sooner or later. I’d rather err on the side of change and take action now.

Yours piously (but I stand by it),

UPDATE: You can also sign your name to the 10:10 campaign to cut emissions by 10% in 2010.

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