While scrolling through my social media account I came across this rather poignant video. In my opinion it perfectly illustrates how our needless ‘wants’ affect the world arounds us…even if it’s a world that we can’t see clearly from our own backdoor, that vastness that lies out yonder still represent our neighbors.
Given the time of year, many of us take to shopping like ants take to rounding up every minuscule crumb along their magnetic path. Believe me, we’re all guilty of it in some form…be it, purchasing things in BULK like those we see on shows like Extreme Couponing; as seen here:
–(Extreme Couponing Season 1 Episode 1)
However, I admit that if you’re purchasing on this level and you choose to donate to places like your local food bank or community shelter – then I can see how beneficial this can be as well as how your purchasing power can ultimately contribute and service the betterment of your neighbors in need.
But, sadly in most instances that isn’t the case and instead we see things like what you might see here:
–(Video by the Center for a New American Dream)
In some cases, consumerism appears on the same spectrum as what one would classify many modern diseases. And, unbeknownst to some the things we purchase actually contain harmful materials that can cause diseases. Sadly, massive amounts of consumerism has a spiraling cause an affect all its own…
–(The Story of Stuff – Consumerism, Capitalism, & Environment in America [HD] [Full Video] – Consumerism, Capitalism, Environmental Destruction, and what you can do to make the global economy more efficient and less wasteful!)
Rather we realize it or not, what we purchase has a lasting affect on the environment. As they say, once you know better – you do better. That said, I challenge you to be better stewards when spreading your footprints across our land. As well, I hope you took away some insightful points that you’ll in turn utilize as a teaching tool when having these discussions with your children, your family members and those within your circle. Furthermore, here’s a few terms I’d like for you to become aware if you aren’t already; planned obsolescence and perceived obsolescence.
Lastly, for those of us that are fond of traveling, “If you break down climate change into the three main areas where we need change — how we produce and consume energy, food and stopping deforestation — air travel is one of the many factors that needs to be dealt with. It’s an essential part,” he said.” Knowing that, “While there are few alternatives to essential long-haul journeys, high-speed trains offer a realistic option to reduce harmful emissions. It’s going to be much more environmentally friendly and it’s better for people’s health in terms of pollution,” he said.” — (Pope Francis’ carbon footprint: Does he practice what he preaches? by: Rosie Scammell)