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Is Being Environmentally Friendly a Waste of Time?

“I don’t know why you bother,” said a friend. “One person trying to live a greener life is about as effective as a fart in a hurricane.” He was right you know; three years of pouring my heart and soul into Greenmoxie and the planet remains stubbornly unsaved. What difference can one person really make anyway?

The news is filled with Eco-Armageddon as each new study reveals that the polar ice is melting even faster, polar bears are starving, there are garbage gyres in the ocean, and sunblock is destroying coral reefs. I can’t even watch the animal documentaries I love so much because the last ten minutes is always about how the glorious creatures that you have been enjoying for the last 45 minutes are all going to die and it’s definitely your fault.

I’ve always been a gypsy but for the last three years I’ve been living in Toronto, working on Greenmoxie and pouring all the passion I feel for this beautiful planet we live on into creating this resource for green living. But now the open road beckons and I am sorely tempted.

When faced with difficult decisions, I always take to the woods with my camera and my BBtrusty hound, a rather plump pug mix, leading the way. (As a budding photographer, I shoot just about everything, but the only thing that I am able to capture with almost breathtaking clarity is that little dog’s bum.)

I’m having trouble choosing; but I know that the worst thing you can do is make no choice because then you have to accept whatever happenstance sandwich is left at the deli counter of life.

But soon the dappled sunshine takes hold, the coolness of the shade soothes as the hum of mosquitoes fades to background noise and my reverie is only broken by the frantic squeaks of the chipmunks; those unfortunate rodents who have dared to cross the path of my majestic apex predator as he bounds after them through the undergrowth.

And I remember the woods.

And I remember that times are a-changing. Studies by the National Garden Association show that Americans are growing more of their own food now than they ever did. Across the world, renewable energy production has doubled since 2004. The UN Court has ordered Japan to stop whaling and China has made pollution such a priority that it is even prepared to stop economic growth.

In Africa we have a saying – if you think you’re too small to make a difference, you’ve never spent a night with a mosquito. And so I remember the trees and the rivers and the oceans. I remember that I am nothing and no one. And that I am part of everything and everyone.

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Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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5 thoughts on “Is Being Environmentally Friendly a Waste of Time?

  1. Gaea

    Fantastic article and very true!! I’m so happy to have discovered your blog. Keep fighting the good fight and don’t ever give up.

  2. Gaea

    PS. By living a greener life and running a green blog, you’re influencing people around you. The more the tide turns and the more people are educated and interested in sustainability, the more the large climate impacters like corporations and governments will have to adjust their practices too. Don’t forget, we vote with every dollar we spend!

    1. Nikki Fotheringham Post author

      Thank you so much Gaea – its always great to meet fellow eco-warriors! XXX

  3. Allan

    What a nice read, Nikki. I really enjoyed this article and your writing style. Green is the way!

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