Global warming, pollution, depletion of resources, endangered species … Faced with the state of the world, with the terrible images of environmental documentaries, such as computer cemeteries in Africa filmed in the Titanic Syndrome (by Nicolas Hulot and Jean-Albert Lièvre), how not to doubt the impact of our small ecological gestures?
How not to succumb to green fatigue, to the urge to give up? Compost, sort, recycle, save, will they save the planet and prevent the 6th extinction of species already in progress?
Hard to believe, as the problems are numerous and installed for decades. And yet, however small they may be, our green actions are not for nothing. Far from there.
We all have an impact on the world
If on a world scale, we are just a tiny drop of water, we all have an impact on it. And this, from the day we are born, from our first breath. Unfortunately, it is impossible to have zero impact. But every day, we consume more or less, throw away more or less, pollute more or less. An American study has shown that an American creates an average of two kilos (4.3 pounds) of waste per day! Enough to cover the space occupied by six friends on a beach! Every day, by buying packaged products, using straws, plastic cups for our coffees, we create, without often realizing it, tons of waste. Think about your favorite beach. What would she look like after two days, a month, a year, a lifetime? According to studies, 50 billion pieces of plastic float on the surface of the oceans. Imagine without your sorting, your recycling. Imagine this beach, which you preserve every day. Do we really want to leave the planet in an even worse state than the one in which we have known it?
When a person acts, he leads others
Recycling and talking about it, consuming differently and discussing it, not in a moralistic tone, but to share your experience, can inspire others. Show that another way is possible. Even though detractors tell you: “but you’re getting tired for nothing!” “.
Who does not know in his entourage a person who has launched into zero waste, another who only buys bags made of recyclable materials, another who has become a vegetarian for ethical, health, ecological reasons or a last who clean your whole house with white vinegar and baking soda to avoid buying cleaning products? All these gestures make us think about our way of consuming. We change our habits, and little by little, move the lines.
Ethics, ecology, health: the vegetarian diet is increasingly attractive
In numbers :
– The production of one kilo of beef requires approximately 15,500 liters of water.
– More than a third of world cereal production is used to feed animals.
– Livestock produce 14.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
All change begins with individual action
This is the well-known Amerindian legend dear to Pierre Rabhi, agroecologist and philosopher, of the little hummingbird.
“One day,” says legend, “there was a huge forest fire. All terrified animals, aghast, watched helplessly disaster. Only the little hummingbird was bustling about, fetching a few drops with its beak to throw them on the fire. After a while, the armadillo, annoyed by this derisory agitation, said to him: “Hummingbird! Are you not crazy? It is not with these drops of water that you are going to put out the fire!” And the hummingbird answered him. : “I know it, but I’m doing my part.” ”
We are not alone. Everywhere in the world, awareness is increasing and with it, individual initiatives. From small actions (eating organic, creating your own cleaning or beauty products, limiting your consumption of meat and fish, composting, buying your vegetables in an AMAP, collectively cleaning a village) to large ones. The creation of Fermes d’avenir, for example, to offer a new agricultural model. Descendants, who have chosen to live better with less. A real movement is underway. Do you doubt it? Remember or watch the documentary Tomorrow by Cyril Dion:
Following the publication of a study which announces the possible disappearance of part of humanity by 2100, the director and actress Mélanie Laurent went to ten countries to meet pioneers who are reinventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education. To keep hope, also read or watch Global solutions for a local disorder by Coline Serreau. Solutions for a better world exist and are spreading all over the world. And make you want to be part of this green revolution.
These young entrepreneurs who want to change the world
They are between 20 and 35 years old and have one obsession: to make society better. Among them, Maxime de Rostolan, founder of Fermes d’avenir, an association that promotes agroecology and permaculture: “I will not give up, because our survival is at stake.”