Be The Change You Wish To See

I believe that in order to make changes in this world you need to be the change you wish to see. The change starts with you. Don't wait for someone else to come along to start for you and if you choose to wait you will be waiting for a long time. And if you think one person can't make a difference, think again. Every single movement ever created, every single change ever made in this world started with an individual with an idea, with the will to make a difference. The only way to start a movement, to start the change is to be it. Be the change you wish to see.

I am the change I wish to see...

… so I don't buy fast fashion because the industry harms the people working in the dangerous factories, it hurts the planet and the people living around the factories. Women are being harassed and assaulted by their employers and work 12 hours if not more every day for a pay that does not come even close to fair. The industry is destroying the planet, in fact that it is the second most polluting industry second only to oil. The clothing you buy in fast fashion stores, the cheap clothing you buy just because, does so much more harm than you could ever imagine.

I want to live in a world with fair living wages, fair hours, fair and safe work environments, more sustainability and focus on the planet and the people on it so I don't buy fast fashion.

… so I don't eat animals because no one has to die in order for me to thrive. I don't want to pay for the cruelty ending up on my plate, I don't want to support an industry where animals are slaughtered when they want to live. There is no such thing as humane slaughter. When someone wants to live you cannot kill them in a humane way - it does not exist. All animals ending up on a plate is cruelty and I no longer want to pay people to slaughter innocent beings wanting to live.

I want to live in a world where no animal has to die for a meal and I no longer support an industry where I pay for cruelty so I stopped eating animals.

… so I don't buy animals products, wear animals or buy any products with animals ingredients or any by-products that have been tested on animal because no one should be exploited for profit. We live in a world where people no longer think of animals as someone but objects we can use however we like. Animals are no longer being considered at all, they are just inanimate objects to use as we please in any way we can.

I want to live in a world where no animal has to suffer at the hands of humans so I stopped buying animal products.

… so I do my best to avoid plastic because in 2050 there will be more plastic in the world than there will be fish. Plastic is currently killing the sea life in a horrible and painful way. Fish and other sea animals, even birds, ingest the toxic material, either thinking that it's food or because they eat another animal that has eaten plastic. Once plastic is made it will stay on the planet forever. It does not degrade, it breaks down into micro plastic which is incredibly toxic to the eco system. The water around some countries is swimming in plastic, so much you cannot even see the water. 

I want a world where plastic does not harm animals or humans so I do my best to avoid the dangerous material.

… so I think before I purchase. We live in a why not? society when it comes to consuming where we don't think about the consequences of the (impulse) purchases we make or the consequences of consuming way more than we need. Because what's the harm - it's just a shirt for 2 dollars, right? Surely that cheap shirt we buy on sale only to end up in the back of our closet does no harm. Wrong. It takes over 2000 almost 3000 liters of water to produce a single t-shirt which is about how much water you drink in over three years. In USA, 10,5 million tons of clothing is sent to landfills every year. Only around 20 % of clothing is recycled each year, instead the clothing end up in big piles in poor third world countries we have made into our own landfills - out of sight out of mind right? It doesn't matter who suffers from it just as longs as it is not us. I Avoid impulse purchasing and actually buy what I need to reduce my waste and the resources used to help the environment.

And let's not forget the fact that the cheap top was most likely made in a sweatshop with unethical labor and dangerous work environments.

I want to live in a world where sustainability comes before profit and consumerism does not equal how successful a person is or what their worth is so therefore I think before I purchase.

These are the changes I want to see in the world and therefore these are the changes I have made in my life during the past few years. Thank you so much for reading, it is a bit of a different post but I have enjoyed creating it and I think no matter what you do, always strive to be better. Because no matter the change, big or small, it will make a difference - don't let anyone tell you otherwise, or well.. people can say it, I just choose not to believe it.