There was a time in the not too distant past where we were different. When I say we, I mean we at Blue Temple. A time where we didn’t think twice about our food consumption, or our waste creation, and yes, that was a time of relative simplicity and free of difficult choices, temptations and general feelings of upset.
Now, our lives require a lot more effort, result in a lot of self-questioning and pressure to behave in accordance with a set of personal rules, or norms. How we got here is not an exciting story, nor is it overly exceptional or complicated, if it was, that’d make an excellent blog, but it’d also eliminate the point of it. I want people to know how easy, with a little effort, it is to make small life changes that can change the world.
I went into my education at the age of 14, knowing that Geography, and then Environmental Science were my topics of choice, where my enjoyment led and heartfelt desire to work lay. So it begs the question, why did it take me another 15 years after my initial exploration of the wonders our planet offers to come to the now very obvious conclusions we see in Blue Temple? The answer, realisation that what I do CAN make a difference, to me, to my loved ones and to my environment.
Two very different paths, one through education, the other through love and care, the same outcome. Working to protect our planet from ourselves. We are by no means perfect, far from it, but we try, we put in the effort to reduce our waste and our impacts. “One person doesn’t make a difference” I can you hear you all thinking, and maybe, you are right. But why should that stop you?
You might still be wondering what we do that makes a difference, and you might say what we do is pointless, too much effort or even not enough, but we each do what we can and what we hope will result in change.
- Meat Free Mondays and Fridays
We have spoken about it before, but the production of meat puts our planet under huge pressure. Land can be used more efficiently, water more effective and waste more suitably. Reducing meat consumption helps to reduce our impact as individuals and as a nation on our agricultural land
- No Seafood
This one arose for multiple reasons. The first, as avid scuba divers, it seemed a bit irrational and backwards to contribute to the overfishing and destruction of the environment from which we get so much enjoyment. Second, we watched the 2009 documentary ‘End of the Line’, a short film about unsustainable fishing and the impacts it is having on our oceans, as well as emphasising the methods behinds the capture of such a massive magnitude of fish globally. Finally, we are what we eat. Fish eat plastic and mercury. We want to protect ourselves from that. (Recently, fresh water fish caught in the Thames were found to have plastic in them. Is no one safe?)
- No Use for One Use
Plastic is well known to be a problem, if you don’t know, I’d be interested to know under which rock you are currently living. Plastic doesn’t biodegrade, it slowly (I mean, real slow) breaks up into tiny little pieces and ends up in the bellies of fish, mammals and animals worldwide. www.midwayfilm.com is an excellent short of an island 2,000 miles from human settlement that has been affected by our plastic waste. We have banned ourselves from using one use plastic, that includes plastic bottles, plastic cups, polystyrene and plastic bags.
These three, amongst others, including composting, not buying unnecessarily and reducing energy use have totally shaped our lives over the last year. With thanks to Dave for pushing us through. Our routine have slowly changed and refusing plastic bags, straws and cups has become habit. We have slowly, and with much difficulty, altered our personal norms so that we work our hardest to avoid these things. Obviously, when you are handed something in a plastic bag, and it is offensive to say no, then we take it, with the sole intention of reusing and ensuring it is properly disposed of.