By Anna Ruggiero, Marketing and Communications Intern.
My decision to start volunteering with PECT stemmed from a lifetime of loving nature coupled with a desire to make some positive changes to my life.
Having spent too much time absorbing negative information from the media on the impending doom our planet is facing, I began to notice a real drop in my mood. I felt I was faced with two choices; either continue to grumble about the situation to anyone that would listen or to be proactive and do something positive.
Some people say ignorance is bliss but when it comes to the condition of our planet, I disagree completely.
I contacted PECT and it seemed obvious (and perfect) that I would start working with Laura, PECT’s Marketing Manager, to help communicate the good stuff happening at PECT and also let people know ways in which they can help and be involved in community projects and take ownership of their local area. Combining my journalistic skills alongside my passion for nature seemed the obvious route to take.
So instead of feeling helpless and selfish about the current environmental issues, I now feel I am doing something positive, and taking some responsibility for the problems we face.
Much of our beloved plant and animal life is on the brink of extinction; we’re currently using resources at such a rate that we need three planets to support us. Did you know it takes three bottles worth of water to produce just one bottle of water? Many of us appear to be idly consuming our way through life without any real consideration of the effects our actions have on the planet, but this isn’t a blame game, it’s not our fault. The modern western way of life is not designed to make us question our way of life, we’re too busy for that! But we really should be looking at our actions when and where we can. Earth hasn’t allocated a space for all our rubbish, it’s not part of the universe’s grand design and it’s playing havoc with our eco-system.
It’s not always been this way and in many parts of the world indigenous people live alongside nature in a sustainable way. They take what they need and give back what they have taken. It’s simple logic, but sadly environmental issues sometimes seem to take a back seat in political debate, with the economy becoming the contender for the top spot of discussion.
Small steps do lead to big changes and you don’t need to camp out in a tree to make a difference! Simple changes will all help. So if you can walk, walk! If it can be reused, reuse it! And if it can be recycled, recycle always! The one thing you can’t do is ignore the situation. Earth has given you life, now it’s time to give her a helping hand in return.