The future may not be as doomed as we think.
My favorite go to tip is for those who menstruate; period panties!!! They are washable and I don't have to buy endless boxes of pads/tampons each year.
Thank you for this newsletter, as always. I know that there is a lot of data showing that recycling is not making a huge impact and in some cases (especially with plastic) it is not happening at all, even when we try...however, I am sort of obsessed with recycling. I sort all of my recyclables (and clean and dry them first) to either my local recycling center (where they are transparent about their process) or to the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (Charm) in Atlanta, (where they recycle pretty much everything and are also transparent about it). I feel like in some small way I am keeping a lot of items out of the landfills, and hopefully making a teensy dent in reducing waste. In tandem with that, lately I have been better about beauty and personal care products--reducing the amount I buy and using ALL of what I purchase before moving onto something else. Another way I can reduce the amount of trash and consumption.
Thank you for sharing this! As a mom to a 9-month-old, I have similar feelings of despair and fear about climate change and the world she will live in. I hope that by making daily changes, I will also be able to answer the question: What did my parents do to help the environment?
I have been following Marianne Williamson who as an author, in her own right has a huge following. She is running for president. She has posted “An Economic Bill of Rights: A vision for a Moral Economy. You can find it at https://marianne2024.com She is getting quite the following of younger people, and has let it be known just how much both of the last two administrations have NOT done for climate change even though they have paid lip service to them. I have met her in person a couple times, when she ran during the 2016 election period, and now. She may be small, but she be mighty! At this point, how much worse could a woman prez screw things up? If anything, I feel she is way more in touch with the living breathing Mother Earth than any male prez to date.
A gentle suggestion: eating and consuming in general less (or no) animal products seems to help the earth a lot. And it's easy, and tasty, and healthy to do!
I recently wrote about the climate crisis after experiencing the wildfires in Canada and seeing the massive wildfire that took out Lahaina (although haven't posted it yet.) The ONLY thing giving me hop at this point is the younger generation. The fact that your daughter and my grandsons are experiencing the world that is too hot and will force the change needed. I read with great interest the young people--teenagers, taking governments to court and WINNING! This is the game changer that we need. The young people that plant the seeds because they have hope. Thanks goodness for them.
Thanks for the book rec and for writing about this Katie.