Change the World Wednesday – 18th Jan

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I woke this morning, and there it was… Change the World Wednesday.

I must admit that I did miss our weekly challenges. I even wrote a pseudo CTWW last week in a desperate attempt to regain my sanity.

I even took the time and made pickled onions and bottled beetroot as an attempt to remain ‘green’ during CTWW’s absence.

But let’s box right along and see what Small Footprints has for us first up this New Year. BTW, Happy New Year to all those who I didn’t get round to contacting.

The first CTWW for the year is a toughy. It’s one of those without a real topic that makes you think.

And by think, I mean think hard. All those who know me understand that when I think it sends danger signals around the known world. I try not to upset the proverbial ‘applecart’ but sometimes it just, sort of, happens.

This Week’s Challenge:

January is typically the time of year that we set goals, make resolutions and start anew. So, in that spirit, let’s take a look at “road blocks” to green living and find some solutions. Here you go …

This week, please share road blocks to green living. For example, perhaps you’d really like to compost but don’t. We’d like to know why. Maybe you don’t recycle … let us know why. We’re looking for all the reasons for NOT adopting a green activity. If you’re not struggling with any road blocks at this time, then please share ones which you’ve heard from others. For example, one of the most common reasons is that it’s too expensive.

Then …

Take a look at the road blocks shared and offer solutions. For example, to people who say green living is too expensive, we might share examples of how green living is actually frugal. The idea of this challenge is to help us all find solutions and “bust” all excuses for not living green.

Long ago I discovered that making resolutions was a fools game; New Years ones particularly. I don’t make resolutions, that way I never disappoint myself. But that’s not to say that I can’t enter into the spirit of things.

I guess most will be thinking along the lines of, “local bodies won’t do this,” or perhaps, “the government won’t do that,” or even “the local supermarket is not doing…”

Getting down to the roots

But I am going to tackle this at a more ‘grassroots’ level.

The ‘road blocks’ are not put up by the local bodies, government nor the supermarkets, well, they are; but they are not the primary road block.

The primary road block, as I see it, is us. Yes, me, you, them, the neighbours, the teachers, Santa Claus and the people at the bus stop, yes, everybody.

Yes, we are the primary road block, all of us.

Our attitude to life stinks. It reeks of “want and want now!”

We have become careless, selfish and egocentric. We have become soft, lazy and useless. We have become reliant, we have become greedy and we have become self-righteous.

It is US that needs to change. Society needs to STOP and take account of itself. The western governments worldwide have brought us to the brink of ruin, and we have let them. Technology has taken us, within a very short space of time, from the industrial age to high-tech with promises of ‘the more technology, the more progress, the more progress and our lives will be easier.’

That’s bullshit!

We are working harder, longer hours and for less money than before. The ‘golden years,’ the ‘American dream (or national equivalent)’ has gone. With the passing of the consumer years it has left us weak and defensless.

We need to stop ‘wanting’ and start ‘giving.’ We need to stop ‘taking’ and start ‘doing.’

Until we change our attitudes and stop buying PS3s or whatever, stop buying gas-guzzling SUVs, stop wanting that new [X] because the old one is the wrong colour or has two more megapixels, or “I have to get the kitchen remodeled because oak is out this year;” the world will continue on its course to ruin and damnation.

The world needs to focus on education. The people need to make the local bodies, governments and local supermarkets know what we want. Because without voice, nothing will change, nothing.

The few who read this blog are, in the main educated. I am really preaching to the converted, what we need to do is convert, your family, your friends, the people in power.

The people have become tainted, poisoned, engulfed by consumerism. It is this consumerism that is our downfall.

We need to change!

We need to change our mentality, our thinking and our priorities.

That is what I see as the primary ‘road block.’ I rest my case.





9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by smallftprints on January 18, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    It is so true … we are our own worst enemy. Too many people either don’t know the facts or aren’t willing to take a stand against all those facets that seem to work against our environment. And what most people don’t know is that they have a lot of power … power through their purchases, who they vote for and through their daily actions.

    You’re also right that blogs like yours and mine are basically preaching to the choir. Reaching out to friends, family and anyone who will listen is a great start. And trying to find new audiences to introduce our philosophy to, online or otherwise, is always my goal … not just a resolution but an on-going, life-long mission!

    Thanks, AV! 🙂



  2. This is a great post. I follow CTWW and saw your comment. I am inspired! I completely agree with what you are saying, but now you have put my thoughts into words and caused me to think more deeply into these thoughts so I can attach an action to them! I live in a household where everyone truly has the desire to be “green” and compassionate with all of their actions. Yet, we still find ourselves wasting and using and wanting more, even though what we’ve got is plenty! My goal is to get over this roadblock of mine and truly work on living more consciously.



    • @Mandi, thank you for your support. Sometimes when I am writing ad hoc like the above post, I tend to let my emotions run away on me; afterwards I have grave doubts as to whether, or not, I have missed the original point. This post I re-read several times after posting to convince myself that the post was appropriate. In this case is was a conglomeration of ideas hurtling through my mind that were brought to fruition by the catalyst action of CTWW’s challenge. Once my fingers started dancing to the tune in my head, it was hard to stop.

      You are right, many people claim/try to be green in all honesty, but they fail because they are not introspective; that is the ‘road block’ I was writing about.

      Thanks again for hopping over from CTWW and your comment.




  3. “We need to stop ‘wanting’ and start ‘giving.’ We need to stop ‘taking’ and start ‘doing.’”

    Love this! That sums up most our problems right there, if not all.

    I have to say that, like @SF mentioned that our blogs typically do preach to the choir, if our blogs can educate someone that really is looking for more ways to go green, more actions to take, then they will likely spread that to at least one more person. That is why education through our blogs is so important!



    • @Brenna, thank you, I did wax a little poetic in parts of this post; perhaps a hidden talent. But, you are correct, absolutely, it does sum up our problems, not only being the primary road block for being green, but our lives in their entirety, every aspect and we perpetuate this in our children with the result each successive generation has a shittier attitude than the previous. Blogs are important even though we have a small readership because they are small footsteps and that is the rule of beahavioural psychology; “small approximations maker the next step toward the wanted behaviour more likely.!

      Thanks for the visit and comment, appreciated.




  4. Aloha lovely! I’ve missed CTWW too and can’t wait to get stuck in. I’ve written mine ready for posting on Monday and it’s been a real tough one to admit too. I wholeheartedly agree that personal responsibility and the commitment to make a difference lies at the heart of everything. Nice post 🙂



    • @MrsGreen,I know that I wasn’t the only CTWWer to miss Small Footprints and I am sure that many will welcome her return. I guess the real message is that it all starts in the home, and that is where we have faulted as I said in the reply to Brenna’s comment. We as parents failed, in as much as our children have taken that failure to a greater degree and so the failure has perpetuated itself. I am of the ‘TV for latter childhood’ generation (I only had TV in the house from age 13), and I believe that is where the fault is/began.

      Thanks for the visit and comment, great to see you.




  5. […] have been busy, been posting daily on most blogs, just not here. Change the World Wednesday started again this week and I wrote a  pretty good post on Eco-Crap for the first one of the year. […]



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