As years passed scientists kept throwing words like renewable energy, sustainability, self-sufficiency/self-powered at us. Their explanation for the importance of the actions behind the words wasn’t given lightly. By not incorporating these terms into our lingo and more importantly let them act upon our daily lives, we are on the best path to eradicate mankind, which if you are an optimist would at least solve all of our problems.
Truthfully, we are not talking about a great animosity towards the word itself but it seems to have become frowned upon in some parts of society. There are mends everyone can make to be more environmentally friendly without having to live in a Hare-Krishna-like commune feeding off of seedlings found in the woods. I presume that’s what opponents of the matter think about when hearing the before mentioned terms.
Recent ridicule by a politician, who said global warming is supposedly a hoax invented by the Chinese, fueled the fire of disbelievers and strengthened their opinion. Yet what they seem to fail to grasp is that statements about global warming are not made up of thin air. Heavily fact based, we see lucidly the importance of our actions and how we can affect our environment positively and negatively. The word sustainable isn’t just another invention by some semi-bored Millenials. Younger generations are just made more aware of the fact that if we keep on living the way we do now, our offspring won’t be able to experience the natural beauty of Planet Earth. The education system and a general knowledge gained from different sources is what differentiates adolescents in some sort of way. We can still mold our opinions and flourish, much like flowers getting a new chance every spring.
As one of the major stockholders of oekostrom said so fittingly: „Sustainability means for most people changing their way of living and thinking. Humanity always struggles with change and the unknown. Therefore sustainability is perceived by most to be more work due to new thinking.“
So, if you really can’t live greener for the sake of our planet and everything that is on it, see the act of being environmentally friendly as an act of self-preservation. Because in the end that is really what it comes down to. How can you argue wanting to live a healthy life when you poison the one thing that you receive all your blessings from?
Becoming aware of what we are dealing with here is the first step. A fault confessed is half redressed! (Einsicht ist der erste Schritt zu Besserung) Kicking our mini-series/ Christmas present off with the first step to improvement seems logical. With that I wish you an enjoyable and festive season and may your firs be green next year as well!