What really keeps people from being more eco-minded? There isn’t just one culprit–there’s a lot, and here’s a few:
Lifestyle: Maybe you like to go to a coffee house every morning to get your cup of morning joe, and afterwards you just throw away the empty cup–Stop right now. Buy and bring a reusable cup, and ask them to fill that instead.
Forest Conservation: This is a hard one. Whether it’s a family tradition to go out and cut down a tree during the holidays or you’re a logger, it can be difficult to find a way out of chopping down trees, but it would be in our best interests to do so. If it’s your holiday tradition, try going to a tree farm where people grow trees specifically for the purpose of being cut down instead of choosing a tree from the neighborhood woods, and if you’re a logger with no other line of work you could try seeking another job.
Psychology: Some people are raised to think that littering is fine, everything goes in the trash, and trees are unimportant. If this is how you were raised, try to change the way you think. Remind yourself that unsuspecting animals will eat your litter and get sick, and look at pictures of landfills and tell yourself you want no part of that. Take a deep breath in, and know that trees make breathing possible, as does a clean ocean.
Your past may have been spent destroying nature and all its beauty: Make sure your future doesn’t end up the same way.
Nik, Author at Bonsai