One of the biggest questions for me is how do we reconcile the desire for a decent, comfortable lifestyle, with the ever present reality of needing to minimise our impact on the planet?
For me this is problematic. I feel guilty and I’ll tell you for why:
- I still eat meat, much less frequently than I used to but I still do. I try to keep it local and high welfare (not sure the kebab shop counts though).
- I have to drive for at least part of my week…
- I actually enjoy driving…
- My car is fast.
- I love to travel, sure I offset where I can, but the 10 flights I took in 2017 have to make up for the majority of my carbon footprint.
- I own a tumble dryer. I have to. I live in the North of England, I challenge you to get clothes dry here from October to April without one (it’s either that or leave your heating on, clothes permanently accessorising your radiators).
- I keep pets, 2 of whom are carnivorous.
They are my babies and I don’t care about the carbon.
- I occasionally subscribe to fast fashion. The lure of Primark is sometimes irresistible (especially when they have Harry Potter PJs).
- I spend far too much time looking at and listening to things that are powered by electricity.
- I hoard stationery. Love the stuff.
What I do do is; assist businesses to become more environmentally responsible, teach, recycle, turn off, work as paperless as possible, use natural products to (or more often than not, don’t) clean my house, buy reusable over disposable, compost, grow my own, use cruelty free cosmetics, volunteer when I can, donate to environmental charities (actually put in a good few years working for one) and talk to anyone and everyone about my passion for the natural world.
And that… that’s ok. I am human, I am an occasional hypocrite, but at least I am trying.
What do you feel guilty about? How do you live well and minimise your impact?