What sets apart a regular citizen from a good samaritan? Is it the manners taught, the awareness earned later on in life or the sting of consequence when push comes to shove and circumstance defines one’s quality of life?
There is never a concrete answer to the excellence or failure of doing the right thing, but a good approach comes from evaluating what around you do you want to keep, what matters to you to preserve and how to adapt the mindset to elicit the change you want to experience in your time alive.
An actively healthy environment with minimal waste and ample greenery can reduce mortality, increase healthier lifestyle choices (the vegan diet alone can minimize CO2 emission, water shortage and increase food production crushing world hunger bit by bit), improve productivity at work and home and is a crucial crutch to mental health.
The negative effects of environmental negligence are, we hope, increasingly self-explanatory. And if all these effects don’t sound realistic, the ultimate undeniable proof is the current state of the world following the global haunting done by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As it has forced populations to retreat in self-quarantine, the lack of human affiliation with the natural environment has brought forth the antibodies of nature A.K.A. positive impact that has been anything but expected.
From the rapid decrease of CO2 emission due to less vehicles being used, less littering in cities and areas with water bodies, decrease in use (and waste) of plastic to avoid using material where the Coronavirus can bask and infect via touch, minimal circulation in cities resulting in the appearance of wildlife who’ve been driven away from their natural habitat for industrial work and construction, all the way to less waste through rationed consumption, the presence of the fear licensed by the pandemic has made people more cautious on the do’s and don’t for health.
There is undoubtedly a list of negative effects that can also do harm like the amount of waste that is being initiated through disposable medical items (antibacterial gel bottles, single-use masks, Coronavirus test tubes and containers, cotton swabs, etc) as well as vehicular deliveries and a stagnation of flow from companies and organizations whose environmental preservation work has helped keep the global harms at bay.
But this provides the point that the pandemic-inspired quarantine isn’t the solution to our problems, our actions are. An improvement cannot occur from one source, it needs to be supported by many branches of occurrence, a butterfly effect of choices to implement the key weights that tip the scale.
These current improvements have provided a hopeful momentum for us to stop and take a face-value look at our bad habits of cutting corners and dissing advocation meant for positive conservation impact. To be mindful of what we do and not dismissive of what we can try to do differently that doesn’t really ruin our quality of life but drastically help out the place we live in. The sooner we become aware and mindful of being kind to the place we live in, the more we learn to practice the same compassion on ourselves and each other.
What we try to do is take the debris of environmental negligence and turn it into something beautiful that makes people awe in its colorful and practical demeanor. It should be expected of humanity to try and apply that principle more often; not conserving resources but to tap into our creative muscles and use the negative elements of a thing that is hurting us to turn it into something worth caring for.
Whether we wear it as a ring, hang it on our earlobes, attach it at the neck or tilt it to hold our books up, our approach at Dyvolab is a shoutout to act and do more regardless of the amount of people who support the idea or the amount of people who deem it a lost cause. Because that is the essence of living and creating; you make something for the pure sake of giving it the chance to exist without your input, permission or dependence. To freefall as a piece of this world around us.
It took an epidemic to show us what we were doing. Are we listening? If we are, what are we going to do? To quote the Lorax “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not”.