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Blogathon Day 24: “Don’t blow it – good planets are hard to find” – Time

Sustainability, being green, global warming and recycling…these are all everyday words for our generation. You constantly hear of people worrying about the future of our planet, urging you to recycle, use public transport, shower rather than bathe! Work have even introduced a ‘meat free Monday’ in order to reduce the schools carbon footprint. Honestly though, when Katy set this blog I had NO idea what I was going to talk about. I recycle, car share (more for the money aspect though I must admit) and since Wales have started charging for carrier bags I’m getting very good at remembering my ‘Bag For Life’! Other than that it’s not really something I think about, what difference can little old me do anyway? I do what I can but I don’t sit and worry about it.

So I decided to do a little research. I asked 5 guys and 5 girls from my friendship circle to summarise their thoughts on sustainability, how it affects them and what actions they take on the subject?

I have to say, statistically speaking there seems to be a lot of people out there (10/10) who echo my thoughts.

The general consensus appears to be that sustainability is important, we need to do more to promote sustainable fuels and energy resources before it’s too late.

“Sustainability is something that everyone should look into. With population on the increase and the amount of raw products on the face of the planet staying the same, we need to change the way we live before we run out of the things we want…and more importantly need.” Iain Murphy, Bristol

Liz also pointed out that our current fuels are depleting rapidly.  “We” all know what “we” should do don’t “we”? Use less; recycle more, in a nutshell. But once we are all doing that then what? One interesting argument made was this:

Green issues and sustainability are great in theory but in practical terms is it worth it?? I recycle what I can but am sceptical about what is really reused and at what cost financially and in terms of saving our planet. The west is making an effort but the Indian sub-continent and China, amongst the biggest polluters, are miles behind and do they care?” Sue Phillips, Carmarthen

It’s not the first time I have heard that argument, ‘what’s the point’ in recycling? How can putting everything into one bag make that much more difference then it going into a different bag? And even if me doing this does make a tiny difference it’s not going to change the world is it?! “They” need to do it too! Ah that famous “they”, responsible for so much! But then “we” consider ourselves more educated, so in that case should “we” not know better?

Everyone does seem to be in agreement though that no one person can change the way we live.

I think if everyone participates in keeping the world green it could have an effect, but to me that’s more of a theory because I don’t know how it’s possible to make everyone one think the same way.   Josie Crowley-Roath Besiris, London

It takes the work of everyone, governments, businesses, educators and employers to encourage good behaviour. Every country in the world needs to get on board, to agree the rules which will make sustainability work and make sure they are enforced. Speaking to Will I learned that being encouraged to think sustainably at work and uni (one and the same place) has changed the way he lives at home. Dom and Beth also said that ‘going green’ is not something they think about, it’s second nature, habit, normal!

In a time of economic crises recycling is not on everyone’s agenda, but someone likened this to realising your house was on fire and worrying that you may not have enough money to pay the phone bill! Then again if recycling was financially attractive it’s almost certain more of us would make the effort. Right?

“Whilst I do attempt to make green choices when I can, ultimately my wallet wins out most times. I feel until the green industry can match on price, it will always be a secondary choice” Rob May,  Reading

I think that’s probably the argument most of the ‘big polluters’ make too. Disposing of waste correctly costs money, dumping it in a local river is not only free, it’s also far easier! In fact more than one person I spoke to mentioned the convenience of living sustainably; we’re more likely to do it if it’s easy, be that a car share website (woo UWE!), recycling boxes from the council or having access to a recycling centre close by (not a 45 minute round trip away anyway like poor Alex!) or even your country making you think about using carrier bags by stopping them being free. Personally I’d say lots of councils are making it easier for people, so that’s one positive change in the last decade.

It may take some time to change the way the whole world thinks, to get us singing off the same hymn sheet but we have to try. Like Tash said, ‘we could all do more’; perhaps the next step is encouraging others to do their bit too? Who knows!

In Biology once we learned about eutrophication (kind of ties in with the companies dumping waste in the water thing from earlier), which (very simplified explanation) is when the balance of nutrients in water shifts, causing a swell in plant life and the species which live on plants, and the species which live on those etc etc. Eventually the water cannot systain the organisms living and decomposing within it, the level of oxygen available depletes and everything dies. These areas are then known as dead zones. I don’t quite know why I thought of this, but it seems to me it’s kind of similar to the situation the earth is in. We’re becoming eutrophic, too full. The only trouble is once our “oxygen” (natural resouces) stores are depleted, once our earth is a dead zone, there’s nowhere else to go. 

Thanks to Iain, Beth, Rob, Josie, Dom, Lizzy, Alex, Tash, Will and Sue for sharing their thoughts on sustainability today and helping me write this blog 🙂 Would love to hear more thoughts on the topic so feel free to comment below!

This post is part of the Twitter Blogathon.

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About LilMissKaty

Just a normal girl who likes to try new things, go on adventures, spend time with fun people and tell stories...which is how this blog came about really!

6 responses »

  1. Im in a blog!!!!! woop!

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  2. NEW BLOG! Lovely.

    Wow, you’ve certainly put a lot of time and effort into this blog, haven’t you? It’s rather interesting actually how you’ve done this. I guess with this blogathon going on for longer and longer we’re almost reaching a point where, other than the subject matter, the blogs are generally the same format. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. But it’s nice to see something a bit different.

    What a wonderful idea to ask others for their opinions and to use that as the starting point. You make some wonderful arguments and so does everyone else.

    Great blog today Katy, well done!

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    • Thanks, the old one was too dark, hurt my eyes a bit sometimes. Made the header myself 😀

      Yeah I’ve been trying to keep mine a bit fresh you know, photos, videos, random lists, now a few quotes, or else it could become stale, maybe. The themes are so varied though that maybe that’s not the case!

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  3. I love the new blog too! What a lovely surprise! It didn’t show on my phone when I read your blog yesterday!

    I LOVE how you have gone about this. I don’t know if it’s because I picked the theme but I knew exactly what I wanted to say – it’s been on my radar for a while. I would never have thought to do anything like this.

    I beleive on person, with enough drive and encouragement, and eventually support, can make a difference. In the end they can’t do it on their own – but it just takes that one star who’s able to encourage others to understand and beleive what they beleive. The Indian, China etc aren’t changing their ways yet but remember, their development as industrial nations is at least 100 years behind us – more in places. I think we need to afford them the some of the same tollerance we had 100 years a go but at the same time pass on everything we learnt and are learning.

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