Today I hope you don’t mind, I want to share with you info , reflections and decisions connected with my personal life.
Like most of people I have limited knowledge on the science connected to climate change (which is huge topic), but I love to learn and reflect about it. I always doubt about information I read online or in books, I allow my brain to have doubts (a bit too much) and check if what I am reading make sens in comparison to my theoretical and empirical knowledge.
That said there should be a balance between theory and practical, I find the Earth Day Network a very interesting platform where to find information and practical tips to reduce our footprint. I suggest you to start taking the Ecological Footprint Quiz.
I am glad I share home with a patient person I can talk to and discuss a bit about ecology and climate change, but not all the couples are the same. Let me give an example: I don’t drive and my partner Alessandro drives an hybrid car (now, after long time with a regular car), but this is not a common mix in my country, Italy, where cars are useful, but also a status symbol. The idea to have a silent car is something that scares most Italian boys.
What I like most about the international days id the suggested actions we all can take to do our bite, read on Earth day newtork website what we can all do.
[box title=”Here is my action: ” align=”center”]Ale and I are going to a local packaging free shop to listen information about an energy provider offering 100% energy from renewable sources.[/box]
This is just to say we are already sensitive about ecology and climate change, but still have issue in living as we should do for many reasons, I want to give you a couple of examples:
- because of the location and position of our apt we had to buy a conditioner (this spring after almost 2 years of reflections), from now in the hot summer days of Como I will be able to continue working from home, instead of complaining about the hot temperature!! I choose the most ecological air conditioning system, but I am thinking about other people, less sensitive or with a more limited budget. The same problem for them would mean a less ecological choice.
- my dream is to be able to afford solar windows, because otherwise I will never have the opportunity to install solar panel on the roof of my building, shared with other 15 families (75% seniors).
- I would love to have the opportunity to meet meat and fish providers to make sure where they are, how they work, so basically where my food could be from. This would be great but it could also be a work, due to the small size of the business they can have there will be lots of them spread in Lombardia (to reduce the number at the minimum!). There are organisations that can probably help such as (in my area) Corto Circuito, but then I would need to check if and where they can send the products (remember, I don’t drive and the public transport would not probably help enough). And maybe I prefer to sleep on Saturday morning instead of going by car or public transport to the market where is possible to buy their products.
If we want to change the world, we should consider how live the 70-80% of world population and how we can help solve practical problems for them, until we keep talking among us it wouldn’t work. I feel to be in the middle, not good enough but not bad. I feel I want to know and do more to improve myself and the humans impact on our planet.
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