Plastic Oceans, time to bring waves of change!

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”.

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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Thanks for reading,

Diana

By | 2018-04-20T13:27:56+11:00 April 13th, 2018|Documentaries, Plastic, Reflections|2 Comments

About the Author:

I am Diana. I write about my journey trying to live a greener lifestyle and how we collectively can make a difference revisiting our beliefs and daily habits, learning more about the environment and being an active participant.

2 Comments

  1. Ram April 14, 2018 at 11:27 am - Reply

    I think I found my aha moment now. All these days I was waiting to hear a suggestion about a good documentary that educates me with facts about environmental issues. After reading this blog and got to know about a documents, I felt happy. Thank you for sharing your experience and about documentary. I will watch it as soon to get the facts. I cant wait to share this with other people about plastic pollution. I have seen people always willing to change when they see the facts.

    I am keen to learn how our everyday habits accumulates plastic wastes in ocean.

    • GreenerIdentity April 20, 2018 at 9:40 am - Reply

      Hi Ram. I hadn’t seen your comment here. Thanks again for your kind words, more than happy to provide some info and thoughts to consider about green living. I hope you have the opportunity to watch this documentary soon I am sure it will be very useful in your personal journey and I am sure you’ll be keen to share the recommendation with more people to raise awareness about this massive issue!
      Have a nice day 😉

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