I love that companies and individuals want to get on board with fixing the climate problems. Not sure how closing your doors fix that problem. I know from a business standpoint it’s not helpful to you. But wanting to do something is good. 🌎

That’s a start, however, most everything produced in consumer goods that we all expect to have as part of our everyday lives involved petroleum at some point. From cars to computers, Tupperware to the bamboo toothbrushes that got shipped here via plane or truck.

It’s a worldwide affliction. Yes, we should find solutions. No, I don’t want to live without power, heat, my computer to work from, a car to gives me the luxury of visiting all my relatives that live 6 hours away.

♻️ I once got yelled at when I was at the recycling center by an older lady who gave me shit about leaving my car running while doing my recycles. My small kids were in the car and it was very cold out. “I’m wrecking the environment!” She yelled. This 10 minute freakout where she suggested I should go get a babysitter before I come to do the recycling, was appalling. I just moved here. I knew nobody. I was just trying to do what I could, without compromising my kids in adverse weather conditions. Internally I was just crushed. I asked for her number, so I could call her to babysit next time I do the recycling. She gave me a fake number. Then she continued on to have a conversation with her friend about their recent trips abroad. Venice and Paris I think it was.
I doubt she swam there!

My point is, if you’re interested in fixing the problems, you have to do something that’s actually helpful. Or become an innovator for new technologies that can help us achieve something that really makes a difference. Small changes matter, but jumping on the bandwagon and harping about it but, changing nothing your doing is not. That’s just all for show.

I’m no saint, I try to recycle everything I can, I reuse things several times before discarding (except tp and Kleenex 😉) we partially heat our house with wood (which we collect ourselves) and in floor water heating. For the most part my kids only wear hand me downs, I wear a lot of recycled clothes! I know I should do more, I try, but I’m just a small cog. I don’t know all the answers, I just know caring a little, I can hopefully be more help than hindrance. There’s gotta be some answers that are affordable and effective. I’d love solar panels, but they are just too expensive to install, do I leave my curtains open to let the solar energy of the sun help heat a few rooms in my house.

Let’s use this as a forum to generate some really tangible ideas that the everyday person who’s not making a shit tonne of money can implement.

Add your suggestions in the comments box. I can’t wait to hear them!!

Love ☮️ & Peace ❤️


2 Comments

sherry chanin · September 27, 2019 at 12:24 pm

Totally agree. With Frank shutting down some of the recycling that’s going to be a problem. Paige and I just purchased bamboo coffee cups with rubber lids from Home Hardware in Fernie to prevent single use cups from being discarded at drive throughs, and have purchased metal straws to put in stocking stuffers. We sell used furniture at Crowsnest but and sell, and donate our books and DVDs to the library.

    Wildflower · September 27, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Those are all great ideas Sherry!! With the recycling facility closing, it will be a lot more effort recycling. Storing it and then transporting it.

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