“None of this small stuff that I am doing is making a difference, so why bother doing it at all?” Heard that before? I hear it all the time, so it never surprises me when I hear it again. Seems that there are many people who only see positive events when giant corporations or industries make changes, without taking into the account what happens when the collective “we” make millions of small changes. Just because you cannot see what each person is doing in their own life, doesn’t mean it isn’t making a difference.
Each and every single little thing you do helps. Every single little thing.
It may not seem like much or that it is having an effect, but remember – small changes add up when done in great numbers. Not many of us can make huge changes that impact entire industries or the way we live our life here on earth, and that’s why it is important that you do what you can. Many environmentalists will naysay the small stuff, demanding that we all think bigger – and that’s great…if you can. Not everyone can afford to put solar panels on their home; buy a new Prius; or feed their family all organic food. It is important to think big, don’t get me wrong – but discouraging those who want to start small does way more damage than good. Once people start to see the benefits of their health improving or their energy bills decline, they might be more apt to do more. We should be encouraging ANY AND ALL changes that individuals or families can make! Big changes start with small changes at home, and no one should think the small stuff doesn’t make a difference. For example:
- Want to change out a few light bulbs to CFL’s, but maybe not all of them because of certain needs? Well, you’ve done more to reduce emissions and energy use than some people have.
- Want to buy organic fruits and veggies but cannot afford to buy all of them that way? Just by doing that you are helping to: reduce pesticide use, bring the price of organics down, and keep the farm workers safe from toxins.
- Willing to use the water collected off your roof to water the lawn, but not willing to go “off-grid” and use it to drink and bathe with? Just by doing that, you are saving our underground aquifers and communities from wasting tens of thousands of gallons of water that could otherwise be used for drinking water.
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Don’t let anyone discourage you from doing what you can. Do I want you to try to do more? Of course. But don’t listen to anyone trying to make you feel guilty because you aren’t living the ideal “green” life – trying is half the battle. And when we all try, we all benefit.