Nurturing our relationship with earth

It’s time that we examine our relationship with the planet; it is without a doubt the most important relationship we will ever have. Without planet earth, we are not. It can feel exhausting to count the ways that our daily lives detract from the health of our planet; but it’s not about being perfect, it’s about doing better. Individuals have the opportunity to make nominal changes in their lives for the betterment of our ecosystem. While your KeepCup may not end climate change, it does set an example for others to follow. It is in shifting the mindset around the little things we do that we make eco-living our priority. 

The Empathy Necessary for Sustainability

According to Time Magazine “Developing countries, places with widespread poverty, and countries with ineffective governments sometimes face the gravest risks from the changing climate, and are usually poorly equipped to find ways to prepare for and prevent environmental threats.” While we all feel the effects of ascending temperatures it is those who contribute to climate change the least that are the most affected. In order for life to grow on this planet, we have to have empathy; not only for our fellow man but for the natural world. This means thinking beyond our own conveniences to make changes.

Speak up

The truth of the matter is that the most effective way to address climate change is through massive policy intervention. What does this mean for us as individuals? It means staying informed and using our voices to promote the cause.

By writing to our local government representatives and asking them to pass laws that combat climate change, we are ensuring that our voices are heard. Organizations like UK-based Hope For The Future makes it easy for civilians to get involved by creating letter templates. 

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Donating to organizations that actively fight climate change is the most powerful way that we can put our money where our mouth is. If we think of our connection to the earth as a relationship then it is our way of showering our hardworking planet with well-deserved gifts.  When it comes to climate change donations, we, generally speaking, have two options; we can either give to political campaigns and/or to charitable organizations. When looking for a list of non-profit organizations that actually make a difference The New York times suggests starting with Founders Pledge. They explain “{ Founders Pledge} is a broad social movement that relies on evidence and analysis to determine where donations will do the most good — helps entrepreneurs navigate the world of giving, in part by examining which charities offer the greatest return on investment.”

We have a responsibility to protect this planet that we as humans rely on so much. No matter our method, now is the time to take climate change advocacy into our own hands.