Positive News to Combat Your Eco-Anxiety
Now more than ever, our daily lives are infected with an air of uncertainty. The coronavirus is disrupting any system we may have had in place, including how we weigh our options before making a purchase. Amazon is slow to fill orders, grocery stores could be dangerous and you might be wondering if your go-to products will be on the shelves next week. How can you know if someone risked their life to get that product to you? What if your produce is contaminated?
To anyone who has found themselves in the throes of eco-anxiety, this pressure isn’t new. In fact, these are questions that conscious consumers ask themselves regularly. How was this made? How was it transported here? Did the person who made it get paid a fair wage? Is it coated in pesticides?
While not yet considered a medical condition, “a chronic fear of environmental doom” is how the American Psychiatric Association defines eco-anxiety. When you become chronically fearful of how we humans are destroying the planet, it can impact your quality of life. You might find it a struggle to do something as simple as driving your car.
Women are more likely to experience eco-anxiety than men, likely because they’re the head of decision making when it comes to making household purchases. Women are behind as much as 80% of spending. As we exit International Women’s Month, we wanted to raise awareness about eco-anxiety so that we can recognize it in ourselves and in others. Being aware is the first step in being proactive.
Just as with any form of anxiety, cultivating a positive mindset can help to reduce or eliminate it. So to boost your mood, we’re shedding light on the positive with these big wins for the planet.
Make yourself a sustainable cuppa and read all about it.
Carbon-Neutral Is the New Normal
Carbon has become a very dirty word in recent years. It turns out making things and transporting ourselves and our stuff really adds up. The great news is that cities, countries, and companies are setting goals to go carbon neutral.
Ikea, Coca-Cola, Land O’ Lakes, and Microsoft are just some of the big names with carbon-neutral goals looming on the nearby horizon.
The dream is that someday, hopefully, sooner than later, any carbon created will be offset. There are many ways to achieve this goal. One popular method is by utilizing nature’s air filter: trees.
More trees will not only clean our air. It will also prevent water runoff and water pollution, create natural habitats for wildlife, and preserve ways of life for indigenous people.
Organic Is Easier Than Ever
When was the last time you couldn’t find an organic product while shopping? For many of us, it probably doesn’t take much, if any effort. That’s because 3 out of 4 conventional stores now carry organic products.
Beyond food, organic clothing and textiles are becoming commonplace. Even H&M is using organic cotton.
This is a sign of the power of each dollar you spend. Because of consumer demand, more farmers are moving away from pesticides, which are harmful to the planet, our health and the health of farmworkers.
Governments are Nixing Plastics
You’ve probably heard about the war on plastic bags, then plastic straws. These small steps were catalysts for raising awareness about the harmfulness of plastics on so many levels.
Almost all things come wrapped in plastic or are made from plastic, which is why it’s a great thing that countries are stepping up to ban it. When countries ban plastic, it incentivizes businesses to stop using it and find a better way. The EU is planning to be free of many common single-use plastic items by 2021.
Other countries, plus cities and states have taken their own action against banning plastic. Less plastic in the world means fewer microplastics, fewer toxins, and less ocean pollution. That’s an all-around win!
Garbage Can Be Turned Into Clean Energy
Landfills are on the way to becoming a thing of the future. Instead, our garbage, industrial waste, and agriculture waste can be fed into a conversion plant that turns it into steam, biofuel, and electricity. This is known as waste-to-energy technology, and it’s already in place around the world and becoming cleaner and more efficient over time.
This is great on so many levels. The land that would have been used for landfills can be used for other things. The greenhouse gasses, chemicals, and compounds from those trash heaps can be made into clean energy. We won’t need to rely on oil fracking and nuclear power plants. Waste left over from the process can be used as fertilizer.
This means that we may already create less true waste than we realize, and it will only reduce with time.
Biodegradable Glitter Is a Thing
It was a sad day for this writer when she learned that glitter was a form of microplastic. Especially having worked in events, where I saw tons of glitter on the ground and in the trash from weddings and parties.
Imagine my excitement when I learned that biodegradable glitter was a thing!
If you’re struggling with eco-anxiety, know that you’re not alone. Continue to do your best and know that there are people and businesses inspiring and innovating to solve climate change and environmental issues. At SOKTI, we’re doing our part by using the power of blockchain to accelerate global sustainability. If you’re struggling to manage daily life, consider speaking with a mental health professional. When we all feel our best, we can all do our best for ourselves and the planet.
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