You don’t know what you don’t know.
I wasn’t always THAT into climate change or sustainability. Really.
I work in an industry where almost no one talks about being sustainable because the industry itself is deemed unsustainable.
I didn’t understand why “save the planet” or “love earth” appear everywhere in vegetarian restaurants.
I thought as long as I chuck my plastics into the recycling bin then I’m being eco-friendly or an environmentalist – not that I aspire to become one.
I didn’t know about carbon budget, how many years we have left or how many degrees do we need to keep below before we reach the tipping point.
I didn’t bother to find out – there’s always someone with all the answers will be there to ‘save the day’, or so I thought.
And I told myself, ‘I don’t know what I don’t know.‘
Or, do I?
Doesn’t that sound like a valid reason? Yes.
Could that be an excuse? Also yes.
Earth Day has been here for more than half a century and climate change is not a new topic: use (and consume) only what you need; there are two categories of resources – renewable and non-renewable; humans and animals need oxygen to survive and plant produces oxygen – hence we need to save the forests that are so important to us by recycling papers etc. Recipes for sustainability has been shared for years, yet, we left the recipes behind as soon as we left schools.
So, do I really not know?
One day, I saw a magazine cover and I knew that I simply can’t look away anymore.
And it turned out, I knew.
I didn’t know everything – I still don’t (surprise!), but I knew I can play a part to protect the environment – our environment. I simply need to stop making excuses such as I don’t know, and look away pretending it isn’t my ‘problem’ to solve OR that I’m too small to make a difference.
I knew, didn’t I?