It’s December 2019. Nearly New Year. Nearly 2020
2020 is a nice round number, seems a little like a milestone. One that I feel like I need to mark in some way. So here’s my new year’s resolution – I’m going to finish the year a whole lot greener than I started it. Here’s why.
I’d say I was a pretty enthusiastic environmentalist. I am not a climate scientist, but I absolutely get what is going on with our climate and want it to stop it getting out of control. But I always struggle with the how.
We’ve had international climate conference after climate conference where countries and its politicians are failing to take the lead. We have commitments and targets by politicians, but no real roadmap (or conversation) for how to get there. Meanwhile, everyone blames one anther for not doing enough, which is a great excuse for not doing enough in the first place. It’s a vicious circle of inactivity that leads to disastrous effects on our climate.
So rather than blaming others, or asking others to do more, I feel I can do the only thing I feel empowered to do – be the change I want to see. I’m just going to have to do what I can myself to reduce my own footprint. And perhaps hope it inspires or rubs off on others to do the same.
So in January 2020, I’m going to start my year of trying to be greener. This means doing all I can to make changes to my life (and my family life) – to reduce my impact on the environment. I plan to take a different issue every month, try to figure out what changes can/need to be made, shine a light on some of the challenges and dilemmas I face along the way and share with you what I learn.
This is the path I’m taking over the course of 2020. I’m mainly doing it for myself, but would love it if others could share it with me – merely for the fact that it’s nice when you feel like you’re not the only one doing it.
I don’t think it will be easy, and requires some learning, but that’s the point of the blog – to share with you one person’s lows and the highs of trying to do the right thing for the planet – and our future.