Dirt. The phrase, “ashes to ashes” was brought up a couple of times in the said documentary. As human beings, we’ve always collectively known that we have a connection to dirt, may it be fundamentally, physically and/or spiritually. The video truly hammered in the idea that, from the dirt we have emerged, and into dirt we shall go, thus for dirt we must care.
We were shown images of humans destroying the land itself; of the whole set, fracking seems to win the biggest gasps and tears within the classroom. It’s horrible. That much, I can say with upmost certainty. On the other hand, however, I can’t seem to shake the feeling that I myself am to blame for the world’s destruction.
We gasp at horrifying images, and yet once we set foot beyond the classroom, we return back to our daily lifestyles. I’m not singularly responsible for these incidents, but I do live a life that uses huge amounts of resources. Looking around everywhere, the irony of gasping at the imagery, all the while, looking at the phone, or the computer…there is no one else to blame but us. These things won’t happen if the demand for it wasn’t there.
So what can we do? I ask myself this question over and over, but the answers always seem so vague. And so, on a lifelong quest I shall go, to lessen my carbon footprint, to sign those petitions, to actively raise awareness for the community around me.
I say that now, and I’ve said that many times before, but my inability to commit to those words says a lot about myself. So don’t be me. Please do make a difference in the world.
And someday I’ll join you.
On another note, I did sign a petition to stop shark finning, an issue very much close to home. So I guess I’m more active than I expected I was.