Today’s blog post is unlike any I’ve done before. Because today I’m talking about something different than fashion, and something much more important. A week ago I got inspired with this idea, so read on to find out about the moment it happened…
So, it’s Saturday. I’ve just woken up a couple hours ago, and I’ve already found my way back into bed because it’s my day off and I’m feeling exhausted from the week I had. This week, my biggest trouble has been the newborn baby who has just moved in right upstairs from us. Though I’m happy for the new parents and all, they unfortunately seem to have the most colicky baby ever. And therefore I have gotten no sleep.
And so, I’m using that as my justification for staying in bed all day. I’m scrolling through Facebook when I come across a video that gets my attention. The video is of a polar bear, and it catches my eye because right away I can tell that this animal is not okay. This polar bear should have been huge in stature with a thick, heavy coat of shining white fur–but instead, what I see is devastating. This bear is so thin I can see his spinal cord, and he’s so weak from hunger that he can barely walk. He’s hunched over and stumbling, trying so hard just to make it until he can find his next meal–whatever it may be. This polar bear is starving because he has lost access to his main source of food, due to the warming temperatures on earth.
So I’m watching this bear, and all of a sudden my troubles seem so small; what is a crying baby compared to having no food or shelter? I’m reading the comments of people saying they have tears in their eyes, while tears are rolling down my cheeks too. But a video like this isn’t a rarity; there are hundreds like these on my news feed every day. Hundreds and thousands of videos of animals, of acres of lands, and of human beings trying to keep living while our home, our planet Earth, is fighting to survive through the monstrous amount of pollution we have created.
I can’t count how many videos like these I see in a week–and they hurt me to watch every time–but once the video is done I continue to scroll through my news feed and push it out of my mind to go on with my day. It’s sad to admit, but that seems to be the typical reaction to these videos. Any person with a heart will feel its sting when watching it, but it seems it’s gotten to the point that we’ve all seen and heard so much of it that it doesn’t hit us to the core anymore. It’s like we’ve put up an emotional wall to stop us from feeling completely and utterly destroyed by them since we don’t feel there’s anything we can do about it anyway. Or at least, that’s how I feel.
As the video ended, I started to continue scrolling down my news feed, with tears still blurring my vision. Like usual. But suddenly I thought, NO. Not this time.
Desperate to find something I could do to help, I started googling suggestions. It gave me the basics of recycling, saving water, avoiding an excess of gas pollution by driving, etc. These were all things I already knew of course, and already did. Caring about the environment has never been hard for me, and I’ve always done the “little things” as well as encourage those around me to do them too. They still are very important, because if everyone does them it’s no longer the feeling of despair that “just one person can’t make a difference” because the people add up and the little things then become the big things. This is still very important and will continue to be, but this morning while watching that video I just decided I wanted to do more than that.
And then I thought of my blog. While it’s been in my “About Me” section since the start, my equal passion for the environment has not been vocalized nearly as much as my passion for fashion. This is mainly because of the fact that I felt like there wasn’t much I could do to help. But like I said, that stops today.
This long spiel is all to tell you that I am adding a section to my blog. Starting today, I will be sharing both of my passions with you by continuing to post about fashion, and also creating posts about the environment. Once a week, I will dedicate a post to my second passion that will talk about some things you can do yourself, or some things others have been doing to make a change, as well as clothing companies that are environment friendly, and more.
I am not expecting this to change the world in an instant, but I believe opening people’s eyes and encouraging them to stop letting the feeling of despair win by giving them hope is what will change the world.
So to finish off, I want to thank every single one of you for reading to the end of this (I know it was quite lengthy) and I sincerely hope you will follow along for this new chapter of blogging.
Alone, I’m just one person, but with you guys and many more, we can work together to create a new world. Work together so that we never have to see another video of a poor starving animal on our news feed.
PS: For those of you interested in seeing the video that inspired this idea, I have linked it here