Oil has found its way into nearly every aspect of our lives, whether we realize it or not. From the cars we drive to the food we eat and the products we buy, it has played a role. We know it is a limited resource that we will one day have to live without, so it makes sense that we should start learning to live without it now.
Time For Change
From 1960 to 2013 the average world oil demand increased from 21.4 million to 89.9 million barrels per day. At the same time, the world’s oil supply has been declining and we are now looking into drilling in the Arctic rather than turning to alternative options that we already know exist. Rather than continuing on the destructive path of the last century, it’s time we make the 21st century all about renewable resources.
simplyconsciousHow To Reduce Our Dependence On Oil
Hearing about an oil spill sends us through a flurry of emotions. Sadness, anger, fear, and guilt. Knowing that we humans are the cause of this destruction is not a good feeling. Even though we don’t like seeing this happen time and time again, when you’re not directly affected it can be easy to fall back on old habits and go on living our lives as we normal do.
This time, the latest spill in Santa Barbara has been a huge wake-up call for me. As a UCSB Alumni, Santa Barbara will always be my home away from home. To know that the beaches I once enjoyed are now littered with oil and no longer suitable for surfers, campers, beachgoers, and wildlife is devastating. What’s more is that this isn’t the first spill that has happened in the area. In 1969 an estimated 3 million gallons were leaked from an oil well explosion that was so powerful it cracked the seafloor in 5 places! Yet we still continue to drill and build pipelines in the places we wish to protect.
I was listening to my favorite podcast yesterday, Design Matters, and an interview with artist and designer Elle Luna came up. A little more than halfway through, an excerpt from her online manifesto “The Crossroads of Should and Must” was read aloud and it really struck a chord with me.
In it, she talks about making the jump from should to must. Should is what other people expect of us, how they think we should or shouldn’t live our lives. Must is who we really are and what we believe to be our truest self. We are constantly faced with both choices in all aspects of our lives and often times we do what we should because it’s easier and the risk is smaller. When we choose must, it’s difficult because it forces us to listen to our inner voices and pursue something unknown. But by doing so, we are able to find our true calling, and make what we do and who we are one in the same.
simplyconsciousShould or Must, That is the Question
We all have our habits, some we are aware of and some we don’t even realize we’re doing. It’s easy to just take a back seat and go through the motions. So let’s take back control and make our lives and planet happier.
Let’s bring more awareness to our daily habits. Pay attention to what you do, why you’re doing it and how you might be impacting yourself, the environment or those around you.
A lot has happened in the last 2 weeks since I made my first blog post. I entered it into the World Environment Day 2015 blog competition put on by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and was selected as a top 10 finalist. The winner gets to be the official blogger at World Environment Day in Milan. Needless to say, I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity and happy to know that I am in such great company spreading the word on sustainability.