It is a nearsighted, tired, sick-of-the-world kind of person writing these words. I thought that 2018 would be a year of change, and sure, in a way it has been. But has it been for the better?
At this point I have stopped all my news intake, deleted all apps, I just can’t read more bad news about how Brazil is destroying the rainforest, or about Trump’s madness – it’s just too much. I feel like, right now, I’d need a cocoon protecting me to even get out of bed each morning.
I cried so much watching this speech by Greta Thunberg, and asked myself: has it come to this? A child needs to skip school and speak the truth because the people that are responsible are not. How stupid are grownups? We only have ten years to change, ten years.
The past years I have become a vegetarian, traveled as little as possible by plain, and changed to buy most of my interior and garments second hand. It hasn’t been hard or less inspiring to change my habits – quite the opposite. But I still feel like I NEED to do more. I need to make sure that my son has a future where he can look back and be proud of the world we left him. For 2019 I wish that we would all wake up and realize how serious this crisis is and stop making excuses. Get informed, stay open-minded and make a change.
Most of us have more than we need, and some say that having fewer things makes room for more happiness. I hope that 2019 is the year that we give more than we take.
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