Jan 10 2020

On being environmentally friendly

Category: MiscellaneousIuliana @ 0:35

I mean, if you really want to be environmentally friendly this is the secret: limit your consumption. Because if you consume, somebody will see a way to make money out of it and they will produce. And to produce what you need, they will consume in turn from this environment, sometimes cutting corners, polluting and who knows what else.

For years in Romania I’ve listened about jokes about Scottish people being stingy, but after moving here I’ve realized that we were so wrong about this people. Scottish people are not stingy, they are efficient. If something can be repaired, they repair it. If something can be reused, they do so. They donate things when they no longer need them and most times are still in the best shape and you can buy them at reduced prices in second-hand shops that donate a high percent of their profits to charities. The Scottish people are very environmentally friendly. Well, most of them anyway.

I’m not bragging. I am not the best when it comes to being environmentally friendly. I eat meat usually once a month. I am doing intermittent fasting so I’m down to two meals per day. It would be nice to get to one meal per day, but … force of habit. I changed my car because I had to in the past, but the one that I have now, I will take care of it and I will give it up only if they outlaw this type of  car. I stopped buying clothes and shoes. I mean, it’s not like I need more clothes, or shoes. I am trying to keep my carbon footprint as small as possible by keeping my consumption as low as I can.

And another thing, you really want to save the planet? Stop multiplying. Seriously, one kid per family is enough. And some of us shouldn’t have kids anyway. Just ask your psychologists how many of us are actually able to take care and guide a small human to become a functional adult.  You would be surprised by the answer.  This planet is dying because we are eating it like termites. Just have one kid and raise him or her well. I admire the adults that have managed to afford to make more than one and if all of them get to be proper adults, kudos to them. But unless you know what you are doing and you have that village to help you raise them right, just settle to one if you want to save the planet.

But these are my not so humble opinions. And who knows what the future holds? I might come back and read this in two or three years while my beautiful twins sleep next to me and I might laugh of the silly human I was now. But following the rule of the universe, where nothing is lost because everything transforms. If you want to slow down the transformation, reduce your consumption and reduce the production of consumers. :P

Stay safe, stay happy!

4 Responses to “On being environmentally friendly”

  1. cip says:

    Also related to this: https://www.dw.com/en/is-netflix-bad-for-the-environment-how-streaming-video-contributes-to-climate-change/a-49556716 . Maybe read more books than watch all of those series that come up like mushrooms after rain.

  2. Iuliana says:

    I assume this is the show (https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80209379) you assume inspired this post. Your assumption is wrong. I actually, did not see it, in spite of the hype it had at the time of its launch.

    Also, I cancelled my Netflix subscription a while ago. Now when I want to kill time by watching Netflix, I use a friend’s account, like everybody else.

    Your assumption about me not reading enough would offend me if I would actually give a fuck about your assumptions.

  3. cip says:

    I don’t know how you came to that conclusion, that i assume you do not read much…i just said that all streaming platforms also produce polution…

  4. Iuliana says:

    Just read your own comment. If that is not an assumption that I do not read enough because I watch those “series that come up like mushrooms after rain”.

    It’s obvious that producing technology and using it polutes too. If you thought that needed a mention you could have done that without telling me to “maybe read some books”.

    Because you do not know me. I am quite an avid reader, unfortunately between a full time job, writing books, learning piano, writing on this blog, keeping a house and keeping in shape I really do not have as much time to read as I wish.

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