Generally, I like to think of myself as a conscientious person, I do what I can to preserve the environment, I try to make decisions that minimize my impact on the planet and live in an environmentally sustainable way.
The truth is, it just seems that no matter how hard I try, in all likeliness, I still have a net negative impact on the world around me. The resources needed to sustain a modern human in this day and age is staggering. When you multiply that number by 7 billion people, it is easy to see how humanity is rapidly over-consuming the limited resources we have on this very finite planet we live on. Some of these resources are renewable, others, by all intensive purposes have taken millions of years to develop into the state they are in, and simply cannot be replenished on a reasonable timescale. The latest estimates I’ve seen is that humans are consuming 50% more resources each year than the planet can produce. Even if the planet has taken millions of years to generate these resources, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that this pattern is unsustainable and will rapidly deplete our planet.
So what can we do as individuals?
We can recycle, we can eat less meat, we can walk/bike to work, we can opt to fly less, we can shop at thrift stores more often and donate any goods we are not using. All of that is great, and we absolutely should do all of the above as responsible human beings, but is it enough?