Can I be honest?
I didn’t give myself this platform to talk about huge issues with our society, our government, our planet. I wanted to do something with my photography yes, but I also wanted to share love and positivity. Talk about real things and help others feel not so alone.
But I can’t hold back anymore. I’m afraid. Afraid of what is going to happen to this planet. When I was younger it seemed insensible to worry about the end of the world. A little crazy even. But now, the world could actually be destroyed in my lifetime. So yes, that terrifies me. There are so many problems in this world that it’s hard to know what to focus on or what’s the most important, but I think there is an obvious answer to that. Climate change should be on the front of our minds. If we destroy the world, what’s the point of fixing other problems? Of course I’m not saying that other issues don’t matter. They matter a lot and I will continue to fight for them as well. We just have to do something about climate change. We need to take action and let people in power know that things need to change. We need to elect officials who will help bring about this change. We need to let big companies know that how they are operating is harmful to the planet.
We need to speak up so change can happen.
I don’t like feeling powerless. I don’t like sitting back and watching the world burn while people out there think that everything is ok. I want to do all I can to help. I’m trying to live more sustainably, more environmentally friendly, but it never feels like enough. Of course little things help, but we need big changes.
If only everyone could see how much trouble we’re in.
I’m not loading this post with facts even though I probably should. Facts drive the point home. Facts show just how bad things are. But I can’t bring myself to look up these frustrating, maddening, and scary statistics. It’s enough to just look around and see that Australia is on fire, plants are blooming much earlier than they should, winters are getting warmer and simultaneously colder. Ice caps are melting, polar bears are starving, forests are vanishing.
We have to do something. This isn’t right. If not for the good of the world and the good of humanity, then do it for yourself. Do it for your kids, your future kids, your grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Just do it! Please!
This was something I had to get out of my head. Something I had to speak out about because this is not a political issue. Something needs to be done and I’m tired of sitting in the background hoping others will realize their errors. I’m going to do something. I’m going to speak out. And I’m going to find other ways that I can help. I’m going to see what I can do. I hope you do as well. I hope you share this with others and use your voice to speak up.