3 ways to keep believing we’ll beat plastic pollution

01 Nov 2018 3 ways to keep believing we’ll beat plastic pollution

So if you’re like me you put a bit of time into thinking about how you can make a difference to some pretty monumental issues? I can oscillate between high, happy positiveness and despair or anger at systems undoing efforts in the right direction.

I maintain that we are beginning to make huge inroads into this and many other issues. As little as 5 years ago plastic was barely talked about, outside of those circles already lobbying for change. Sometimes I feel it’ becoming socially unacceptable, almost. Not everywhere I grant you but its early days.

All the positive change, bans, innovation, education and clean-ups happening and some corporation removes all of its ceramic mugs and glasses to go 100% single-use ….. what the? Who are these people and what is with a decision like this? An individual makes a huge impact within their life and influences their peers or community and some corporation in one decision undoes all the good.

If we let this type of thing get us down and figure it’s too big for us, what’s the point? Then we’ve lost. 

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So how do we stay on top and keep creating change 

Here are 3 methods;

1. Do something 

Research shows that people acting in some way to effect change are less negative about the issue they are trying to improve. It makes total sense, giving, volunteering or doing any sort of good deed feels good, that’s why we do it. Plant a tree and see that thing grow or pay it forward and see how that makes you feel. What’s more, it rubs off. I bet others you know will follow.

2.  Focus on the good things

Give the good things about 100x more of your attention than the bad things, it’s good to be informed on what is happening around the world, just don’t be inundated. In fact go fishing for the good things! Seek out stories of innovations, join groups and talk to people who are working their arses off to make the future brighter. It goes without saying, hang out with a go getter and it won’t take you long to start thinking about what else you can do. Learn from them, get inspired, improve on their method if you can and then watch what happens. 

3. Get to know your friend

Let’s face it, the planet doesn’t need us, we need the planet, and if you’re looking for ways to feel positive there is no better place to start than by taking notice of the little things around you. When life is getting you down, jump in the ocean, walk through the trees, lay in the grass or watch the birds. You don’t have to travel to the most remote place in the world to appreciate nature. You are a part of it no matter where you are. If all humans thought that way we wouldn’t be having these negative impacts would we? We would however, know that when we are hurting the planet, we are hurting ourselves. 

We have to believe we are turning this around, and besides what alternative do you have?

Paul Hellier - Founder

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