“We don’t need a handful of being doing zero waste perfectly…”
How many times have you seen this quote? Often, and yet many sustainability posts end in arguments, people criticising each other, their choices or just general abuse.
People struggle with eco anxiety, not knowing what to do, worrying and trying their best. It’s probably not helped by a parade of Instagram influencers showcasing bamboo toothbrushes and sustainable underwear and generally giving an impression that things in their life are perfect (also, there is a lot of affiliate marketing and fake influencers but that’s another post).
I say this as I read a post in Twitter from someone with anxiety who had been in these situations. She wanted to lower her impact and was confused, she worried about her actions and their impacts.
She concluded the best thing to do to guarantee less impact was to kill herself.
She wanted to kill herself.
Whether she is truly better I don’t know but she spoke up and got some help. I’m sure many don’t.
Remember, it’s not your fault.
You didn’t subside the airlines.
You didn’t cut down the trees
You didn’t subside and promote oil.
You didn’t exploit workers in factories abroad.
You didn’t wrap food in unrecyclable packaging.
You didn’t make the laws that allowed all this to happen.
You don’t have to do everything.
There are plenty of groups working on this in all aspects, researchers, charites etc.
No one expects an individual to challenge everyone, sign ever petition and live an all bamboo, plastic free, zero waste, car free, vegan life.
You don’t have to do it all.
Of course you have an impact but buying a plastic toothbrush, a cucumber in plastic wrapping or not researching every aspect of every purchase is not the end of the world. You are trying and in truth your impact is probably low already, in the grand scheme of things you are not causing any disasters.
You don’t have to take all the blame and feel all the guilt.
Many people struggle with anxiety and depression, particularly now with Covid.
Telling a stranger the choice they made is “wrong” for whatever reason may have a bigger impact than you think.
Just be nice 😃