Earth Day 2021
“Easy” almost never equals “right”.
Comfort is what you pay for. When things are too easy, it is likely that we’re cheating or that someone else is paying, or will pay, for our comfort.
During sociology class at university, we discussed what the words nature and natural meant. What is nature? When is nature really natural? Is it natural when humans don’t touch it? Don’t animals modify and spoil nature in their own way? Aren’t we humans part of nature as well?
I still have not found an answer to these questions, but I think that now I know what unnatural is.
The point is not that people don’t care about nature; the point is that they don’t even know what nature is. Because if you do know it, you care about it and you want to protect it.
I am lucky to live in a region where nature is never too far away. Fields, wood, forests, mountains, they’re all so close. I can breathe fresh air. I can eat vegetables that were grown in a non-industrial way. I can see the cows that will give me milk and cheese happily grazing in the fields.
I can see these things, but people who live in big urban environments can’t. Some have never seen nature in all their lives.
Nature is a pretty (and filtered) picture that they see on their Instagram. They don’t know that nature is beautiful, but also dirty, smelly, and uncomfortable. They don’t understand that if they want to keep seeing such pictures, walking is better than driving, that salads are better than McDonald’s, and that it is them that need to adapt to nature and not the other way around.
I’m not a fool. I know that changing in a day is not possible but Earth Day is more than just turning off the light. On Earth Day I think it’s important that we all become more aware of our actions and their impact on the planet.
We can start with the little things like buying less meat, eat less processed food, and start cooking. We can start by walking a little more each day. If you think you don’t have time, try to check how much time you’re spending on your phone and you’ll see where you can take some of the time you need.
Many are desperate to go back to the life we lived before COVID-19.
I still think it’s funny that a virus that hits the lungs actually contributed to diminish pollution and make the air more breathable. But I guess this is the lesson that we have to learn.
I live in the countryside. I’m sure that if I had not been able to escape my lockdown by walking in the fields, I would have gone mad. Nature saved my life more than once and I don’t want to give up on that.
Mine is a Mountain Hut where we talk about things and I wanted to share my thoughts with the world.
What do you think?