I know that with everyone's hectic schedules and busy lives, protecting the environment isn't always a top priority, but now more than ever we must take action. Our planet is slowly deteriorating, and it is saddening to see just how much of that deterioration can be prevented. Humans are extremely wasteful, and we tend to think only about how something impacts us personally, but how one person treats the environment affects not only the other humans living on our planet, but the animals and plants as well. By becoming more aware of our effects, we can help prevent and stop the ultimate destruction of our home.
After listening to Wendell Berry's speech this past Tuesday and reading his essays, I realized that the Environmental Movement can only move forward if small organizations get involved and make a push for changes on the local level. We must start out small, if we want to have a large impact. There are many things we can do locally to help reduce wastefulness and our carbon footprint. Some of these things include buying produce at local farmers markets, or simply turning off the lights when we leave a room that can help to reduce human wastefulness and our carbon footprint.
In his essay "Think Little", Berry also discussed the role of the government and that oftentimes political leaders only want to help the Environmental Movement when it best suits them and their political ideology. This isn't going to help us move forward; the voices of the small communities need to be heard. With respect to big government involvement in the Environmental Movement, I want to bring up the Lorax and remind everyone that while big business and government do help the people in many ways, the environment is often something they overlook or use as a way to gain votes.
I'm not asking anyone to drastically change their lifestyle to protect the environment, but I do believe that everyone should be aware of the problems we are facing and that its up to the "little people" to push the movement in the direction we want it to go.