Climate change, and how we will handle this, is the defining issue of our time. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports from the UN are clear enough. If we don’t change the way we live, the planet may become inhabitable. How do we handle this as a society, and as an individual? How do we move to a sustainable future?
Sometime I feel despair, as I watch the news about extreme heatwaves, wildfires, floods and species extinction. The next moment I’m hopeful again reading about potential solutions, people taking action. As an individual I want to contribute. The book ‘The hidden impact’*, contains a little sentence that got stuck in my head:
“If we all would pick up a piece of plastic of the street every day, the Netherlands would be free of plastic litter”.
How such little effort can have such a huge impact. Every person can contribute.
So I started. Every day I picked a piece of litter of the street. Randomly, often the first thing that caught my eye. I didn’t just stick to just plastic as in the inspiring book, because how could I walk past a soda can that someone just minutes before dropped on the street? Every week I ended up with seven pieces of litter: my weekly trashure.
It’s about litter and small steps that matter. It’s not as a substitute for big steps, but we don’t need to wait. For me the series is about hope that we as humankind can face the challenges of climate change.
*De verborgen impact, Babette Porcelijn, 2016, NL