Why You Should Turn the Tide
Why should we care?
Hey, it’s a valid question. Why does the environment matter? Why should we protect it?
To understand this, we need to realize that we rely on the environment in the most fundamental ways. To drink. To eat. To breath.
Earth is incredibly unique. Every single one of us are able to be alive today because Earth has ideal conditions to sustain life. In addition, we are dependent on our surrounding environment and our ability to utilize it for our benefit. As a result, we and other organisms throughout history have been optimized to live in the conditions of our environment.
However, this optimization to adapt to our environment takes time. If conditions around us change at a rate faster than that time, we will not adapt fast enough. This is how species go extinct.
If conditions around us change at a rate faster than that time, we will not adapt fast enough.
Over time, with the development of technology and a rising population, we’ve mastered the ability of utilizing the environment around us quite quickly. Unfortunately, this is often done with little regard for how that utilization affects the environment’s long-term conditions.
So, we have a problem. We are expelling pollutants into our world at an alarming rate, and it is changing our global environment in a way that threatens us and many other species on this planet that have adapted to set conditions over time. Ironically, despite setting this pace, we cannot keep up with it. This is resulting in several cumulative issues, like plastic pollution and climate change.
We need to turn the tide.
But how? Environmental issues carry a lot of weight and are not easy to solve. So, many people arrive at this conclusion: how can I make a difference? I am only one person.
It is true that turning the tide will not be easy. However, it can be done if we do it together. And that includes you.
These issues are just as much social issues as they are environmental. They start with our individual actions, and they culminate when those harmful actions are made in mass. We need to remember that we created the very issues that we are so paralyzed to solve. We made a difference then as individuals—just in a negative way.
We need to remember that we created the very issues that we are so paralyzed to solve.
If we care about each other, our children, and the world that we live in, we need to think about the consequences of our actions and choose the actions that best benefit our environment for years to come.
We need to cut down on fossil fuels and transition into renewable energy. We need to confront the flaws of our food system. We need to address the social adversity that results from environmental issues. We need to reduce our consumption of materials that we often only use once before discarding, where they can then negatively impact our environment for years afterward.
We created these environmental issues together, and we can to come together to solve them. But it won’t happen unless we commit to saving the world. (At least, the version that allows us to live on it.)
In doing so, we will help leave the Earth better than we found it.
Join us to turn the tide.