As more and more people are becoming aware of the health, societal, environmental, and generational impacts of our planet’s unsustainable consumerism, we see more an more people changing their own lives completely. We see people trending towards net zero living, where they produce so much renewable energy that they are putting power BACK INTO the power grid, as well as sustaining their own living arrangements with 100% renewable energy. A-frames and other tiny house building plans is trending on social media almost constantly. People want to lessen their own individual carbon footprint, and are doing it by changing their ways of living.
They realize that they might not be able to change the world, but they can change their own lives, and that is a beautiful idea. It is one of the most beautiful forms of peaceful protest, to change your life and practice what you preach. You don’t like how cruel animal slaughter has become? Look into consuming only halal meat, or buying from local producers who slaughter humanely. You don’t want to consume GMO crops? Look into starting an Heirloom seed garden, and raising your own bees. Is it convenient to be a consumer? Absolutely. Just know that we all do our damage to the planet, and no reusable coffee cup and TOMs purchase is going to cure that. We as individuals have the choice everyday to continue living in a way that our children might grow healthy and strong and not plagued by a plethora of man-made or man-exacerbated (ie Zika hasn’t come to America before now because the climate could not support the mosquitoes who carry it, now that is changing) illnesses, diseases, and other problems. We have a responsibility to our planet to ensure it is properly taken care of, and these people are living that ideal daily. They have taken on consumerism and are living and breathing their protestations.