If you follow my blog or my social media accounts, you know I publish a lot information about plastic usage and its consequences on the environment. Plastic is everywhere, especially disposable plastic, I see it around me every single day and this material is one of the biggest culprits of the environmental crisis we are facing today.
All type of single-use plastic items are making their way to the oceans, where they cause so many issues, and it is not temporary, plastic lingers for years and years as it doesn’t biodegrade, it just breaks down into smaller pieces.
All this plastic pollution is happening because of us, we are using these products without thinking a lot about the consequences, however we have the power to decide, to say “it’s enough, I know better now” and change our habits. It sounds great right? well this is true for some people, but for others it is really hard to break old habits, I have been there, even having some level of knowledge about this crisis is just not enough to commit.
Why is that? Why two people after hearing the same information react differently? well I believe we are all at different levels of awareness and journeys, we live different lives and we face different personal issues and priorities, we are busy (and distracted)… and beyond that probably the first person was ready and he/she had the “Aha moment”.
According to Merriam-Webster, Aha moment is:
A moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension
Aha moments are truly amazing, you find determination to change, solutions to your problems, everything falls into place and you now see it clearly… I am pretty sure we have all experienced this many times in our lives.
When it comes to green living and sustainability I have had many aha moments, triggers that have inspired action, however in my experience it seems that very often these great moments don’t come the first time you are hear about a particular topic.
So many times I have learnt a bit about an issue (like plastic pollution) but I haven’t done a lot about it. Then life has kept sending me signals (that’s what I choose to believe anyway) until it has finally clicked: I’ve found my aha moments and I’ve been finally ready to do something about it.
And you know what? that’s ok, that’s life, sometimes we need more knowledge, a different perspective on the same subject, a quote, an image, something that clicks and activates change.
Learning more about plastic
One of the best ways I have found to learn about these topics is watching documentaries and in the subject of plastic pollution there is one that I think it is worth watching: “Plastic Oceans“.
I watched it last year and even when I knew a lot about this topic, some of the facts and information they share in the documentary made me think even more about the urgency of this problem for the environment, other species and us.
Here in Australia, Plastic Ocean is available on Netflix or you can rent it online.
There were parts on this film that made me feel so sad and at the same time frustrated, so many birds and animals suffering, so much waste. It was confronting seeing all that and thinking that this plastic waste is man-made and often used just for our convenience.
If you are reading my blog is because you care about the planet, so I invite you to watch this movie, I think it will be eye-opening especially if you are starting this journey and who knows, maybe it will trigger many Aha moments.
That was the case for Molly Steer, a 10 years old who created a full movement called “Straw no more” after watching “Plastic Oceans” with her mum. She helped to ban straws from several schools and now from The Cairns Regional Council. Isn’t that amazing?
Finding the motivation to change doesn’t mean that you have to do it all at the same time but it means you commit, you start your journey, you create goals, you keep moving, you keep learning and improving. One step at a time, we all have the power to change.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Lao Tzu
Have you found your aha moment to reduce/avoid plastic? Please let me know in the comments below.
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