Sustainability

Why you as a millennial should care about sustainability

Dec 8, 2016

We millennials are the product of a society in which nothing lasts. We want everything and we want it now and cheap. So of course the world has changed its ways to accommodate our desires. Everything is fast and easily replaceable. We are the ultimate recipients of fast fashion: we buy things to wear during one season because we know that they won’t last long and, if they do, they will already be outdated. And they are so cheap compared to real, good quality clothing that who cares, anyway? We are a generation of people that could not imagine themselves using cloth tissues. Hello! C-l-o-t-h napkins. Imagine blowing your nose and then having to carry that around until you get to do laundry! Ew. We go to the supermarket only to find peeled fruits covered in plastic. This one thing guys, this has been the last straw for me. Humanity, fruits have skin that protects them, they don’t need our plastic for that! But hey, we want that freaking avocado and we don’t want to waste time peeling it, do we?

I just can’t take it anymore. Every time I go to the supermarket, the only thing I see is layers and layers of plastic. Hundreds of thousands of one-use plastic bottles piled up; meat and produce packed up in thousands of teeny tiny packs to bring home with you and all the freaking packaging. Why do we have this lifestyle? Couldn’t we have our own containers to bring to the produce section and individually select what we want? Couldn’t we drink our drinks from glass bottles that one could return for money? It’s too much of a hassle. It’s too heavy. It’s too… “expensive”. 

Well, you as a millennial should give more than a shit about this. Because honestly, I don’t care if people like Donald Trump deny climate change. 70-year-olds are not going to live long enough to see our world be fatally consumed by trash and plastic. It’s going to be us who will be governing tomorrow’s institutions. It’s going to be us dying from new, rare diseases the Earth is coming up with in order to end this “plague” that keeps destroying it. And it’s us who are going to see our loved ones die, too. That isn’t very aesthetic, is it? Not only will we have to live this and suffer with this, but it’s us who will have to find solutions.

 


This post is the first of a series on sustainability. I am interested in this topic and, if you read through all my rambling maybe you will understand that all millennials should be interested, too. So I will try to find different topics on how young people can get better at this and different ways in which we can be a bit more sustainable.

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(Public domain picture, not mine)

24 Comments

  • Reply Ilka Dec 8, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Such an important topic! I’m glad you are bringing awareness to it on your blog!

  • Reply Terri Steffes Dec 8, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    You are right. Take care of it now. Get involved, vote, make a difference, push your senators and representatives, do your research. Advice from a nonmillennial.

  • Reply Jasmin N Dec 8, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    This was such an amazing post!
    Sustainability is so important, you made such a great points here 🙂

    ~ Jasmin N
    littlethingswithjassy.blogspot.fi

  • Reply Kintan Dec 8, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Very interesting and important topic for our lifestyle. I’m absolutely have the same opinion with you. I always feel hurt when I saw some people went to Supermarket and for their shopping used so much plastic. As I tried it my best to always brought from home my own shopping bag already many years even I lived in Thailand and now i lived back in Germany, and this is our lifestyle here. Everyone here always brought our own shopping bag from home when we went to supermarket.

    Kintan xo,
    http://kintanfashion.blogspot.com

  • Reply Dean @Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress Dec 8, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    We should all care about sustainability. It’s killing me that our environment is taking a back burner, regulations will soon be more relaxed, which can only mean the health of our environment and its people will suffer. I cannot imagine why people have issue with the EPA. Perhaps, we are not doing enough to educate everyone on the topic of sustainability. Most people don’t even consider their ecological footprint on this earth, which is sad. This is a bipartisan issue, screw that, it’s a global-reach-across-all-borders and work together issue. Thanks for sharing, I hope you’ve inspired someone today to make changes for the better. I know I can work on some things.
    p.s. We use cloth napkins…. but I still use Kleenex.
    XOXO

  • Reply Misa Dec 8, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Thanks for writing it! Most of us “don’t care what scientists say” but when bloggers say it we usually stop and think about it and that’s important… I completely agree with u!

  • Reply Kelly Dec 8, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    A really important issue that is sadly too often ignored by our generation, we’ve been brought up with everything being easier and more convenient, even if it leads to disastrous consequences for the earth. We really must change this.

  • Reply Cecilia Cannon Dec 9, 2016 at 5:47 AM

    glad to hear you and others realize this.

  • Reply Debra Dec 9, 2016 at 5:54 AM

    This is a great, I think taking care of our planet is so very important.

  • Reply Adaleta Avdic Dec 9, 2016 at 6:03 AM

    I totally agree with your perspective. Older generations could give a rat’s ass about what’s going to happen given they’re on their way out. We have a long life ahead of us, and children who need to grow up in this world. At the rate we’re ruining the environment, we may even see the effects in our lifetime so we definitely need to be more conscientious! xx Adaleta Avdic

  • Reply Lesley Carter Dec 9, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    While I’m not part of that generation, I’ve noticed that it should be talked about and discussed more and coming from a blogger is more related to the generation itself.

  • Reply Angela Key Milnes Dec 9, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Such an interesting post and a great topic, I enjoy reading this and So glad that you share this with us.

  • Reply kittylimon Dec 9, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    I think sustainability is something that everyone needs to think about because whether we want to admit it or not it’s going to affect us all in some way, it may not be us but it will be our families in the future so why not do something about it now?

  • Reply Sabine Dec 9, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    It’s great to bring this up and create more awareness. I’m not that knowledged about this topic so it’s interesting for me to read a bit more about it! Xx

  • Reply Breyona Sharpnack Dec 9, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    I can TOTALLY relate since I am a millennial. I like fast and cost effective lol. I have learned though that sometimes cheap isn’t a good thing lol. I have had to make some REAL adult purchases I wasn’t too happy about lol. Great post

  • Reply Teresa Dec 10, 2016 at 1:35 AM

    We are a lazy and privileged society for sure. I grew up in a rural farming community and all of this literally is making my grandparents flip out in their graves!! I still try very hard to be conscious of my moral code

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus Dec 10, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Its true and I myself am to blame. We all do it, waste when we shouldn’t. I try to be sustainable but its not enough we need to take more of a stand!

  • Reply Kait Dec 10, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    This is such an important message. Millennial definitely need to be informed!

  • Reply Krystel @ Planning The Magic Dec 10, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Next time I go to the supermarket I’d like to pay more attention to the amount of plastic, I’m sure I’ll be overwhelmed. I agree with you, we need to be more aware and proactive.

  • Reply CourtneyLynne Dec 11, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    Ooooo definitely something to think about!!! As a millennial I can definitely say most of us don’t think about these things regularly

  • Reply Yona Williams Dec 11, 2016 at 12:55 AM

    I agree with you…70 year olds and those too ignorant to care (who seem to be in high positions) will not be around to see the destruction caused by the decisions they make today. It’s sad to see how clueless some people can really be.

  • Reply Amanda Dec 11, 2016 at 3:40 AM

    Preach, girl!! This topic is so important and needs more attention and awareness from our generation!

  • Reply Amanda Love Dec 11, 2016 at 5:23 AM

    I agree with you on this 100%, we should care more about our environment and we should learn how to conserve in ways that will allow us to maintain the world that we live in and not damage it more. It’s important for me to encourage my kids to care about concerns like this because after all, they’re the ones who will be left.

  • Reply Kiwi Dec 11, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    I love the brutal honesty of this post! I am a millennial and I do care about sustainability more and thanks for having me think about it even more!

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