Comic by Stephanie McMillan
On being the change I wish to see in the world
These days, I’m definitely Bannabelle. And many other people are too (just to mention a few in the blogosphere: No Impact Man, Green as a Thistle, Greentime). Don’t get me wrong. I strongly believe that individual responsibility and taking small actions can make a difference. Imagine if everyone made a few small changes (like carrying their own bags, changing to CFL lightbulbs, consciously driving less and choosing more fuel-efficient cars). It would add up to a big difference.
But — but…
Is it really enough? The Radical Ecologist in me says that it is not. There needs to be a complete change in our economy and in society. Comsumerism needs to die. Industrial food production needs to die. We need to reduce our population significantly. Our standard of living is unsustainable – period.
But — but…
I like my house in the city, where I have no space to grow my own food. I like my creature comforts. I’m not about to give up conveniences like my household appliances. I’m not willing to give over my whole life to subsisting.
I straddle the line between Bannabelle and the Bee. It weighs on the conscience, it does.