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I've only recently found your blog, but I love it. My sister says I'm a pestimist because I talk about so many of the problems that we face, but I feel I'm an optimist. I am aware that the problems can seem overwhelming, but I believe I need to take action to do what I can to improve things and be an example for others so they can see that they too can make changes to improve the situation. I consider myself a selfish environmentalist because I don't do what I do for the greater good, I do it for myself and my family. I started making changes because we were all overweight so we started eating more real food, then my sister got breast cancer and we were told it was environmental so I started working on removing chemicals from our routines, then it spiraled from there and I started seeing the "Big Picture" how different my life was from my parents and my grandparents and it wasn't better. I can see the real changes taking place, I have volunteered for my city for nearly 5 years at an environmental learning center and I've seen my city embrace many sustainable practices, not because of "climate change" but because it makes financial sense. Our environmental utilities (garbage) has changed it's focus from recycling to waste reduction and we do a lot of outreach and teaching about reduced plastics use, we also dispell the myth that it all gets recycled. We all get a little frustrated with the fight and those who refuse to see the reality of the impact of their choices, but I know our numbers are growing and I know that the tide is changing we are gaining momentum. I believe it will get worse before it gets better, but I believe it will get better.
2 years, 2 months ago on The End of the World is Coming and I'm Still not Buying New Plastic