This is a response piece to the RSC’s recent production of Coriolanus at the Barbican.
Words by Helen Louse Baldwin
How many people in this room have a dog? Or a cat? A fish? Perhaps you’re one of those people into more exotic creatures like snakes and lizards maybe even a baby crocodile… who knows?
There are an estimated 8.7 million species that we know of, sharing this planet we all call home and we are just one of these species.
And on this planet we call home, our species are ever evolving…our current evolution is one of ever increasing materialistic desires… leading us to now. The desire to own more and more and more. We have this need for possession, possession and control. Yet, we don’t own this land, we are not the only ones who call it home. So why we feel so inherently entitled to exploit it and cause its destruction?
Why are we the only ones causing its destruction? Is it a lack of awareness? A lack of care? A lack of education and understanding? I don’t know… every individual is just that and thus their reasoning just that. So, I’d like you to take a minute to ponder these questions I’ll put to you now. Am I someone who cares about the environment around me and in the world? If so, what do I actively do to help? Or if I don’t, why don’t I? and hopefully that will have led you to – Well what can I do?
Simple – Learn. Think. Act. We can be the change we want to see in the world.
There is 100 – 1000 species per million per year lost due to extinction due to human activity. Sea levels have risen by 20 centimetres over the last 20 years alone. Countries are disappearing under water. Rubbish is in overflow, forming new islands. Countries are getting hotter. Countries are getting colder. The Ozone layer is disappearing. And climate change is STILL being denied.
So, how can we stop from any further destruction on this path we are on?
There are some brilliant people out there paving the way for an eco-friendly life. You might have heard the term zero waste lifestyle? This means creating a life where what you buy, eat, use has no by-products. Now I am aware in today’s climate of convenience for the ever so fast-moving lifestyle it can be hard to come across these products. So, with this the goal, I challenge you with some steps to get you started, and together we can help both the consumer and the producer create a more eco – friendly world.
Reduce, reuse, recycle.
- Reduce – all possible waste we can. This comes in much further ways than we can possibly imagine. Mainly reducing our personal plastic consumption. Switching to products that come in containers such as glass. Or asking our favourite coffee shop to fill our order into a reusable flask which brings us onto
- Reuse – reusing what we already have. If a product comes in a glass container how can we reuse that again? Buying food in a bulk buy store filling it into that glass container
- Recycle – if you have no use for that glass container again then purchasing materials such as glass and aluminium are much better than plastic as they are so widely recyclable.
I’m sure many people many of you have heard the saying take only photographs and leave only memories. This is our aim.
And so I leave you with one last thought. There are hundreds of things each and every one of us can do to rejuvenate the earth every single day, I strongly encourage taking things one step at a time, because if we can reduce our impact on the earth, we can allow its beauty to speak for itself.
Photo Credit: BGR.com