Answering the Why

This entire project started out from a seed of frustration brought about as I was trying to find information about water related topics during school.  Instead of finding a wealth of easily accessible information, I found a lot of pretty important stuff either shelved behind unrelated stuff, or not discussed at all.  Where is all of this missing information and why is it so hard to find???!!!!

I came to realize that the internet is generally full of pretty extreme environmentalist sites and green living sites.  I categorize green living sites as those that recommend you turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or provide you with recipes for making your own laundry detergent, soaps, toothpaste, and bath scrubs.  Now don’t get me wrong, there are a place for these types of sites and I’ll be the first to admit that I make my own bath scrub and bathroom cleaner.  However, what was missing in all of these sites was WHY all of this was important.  WHY would anyone in Vancouver care about taking shorter showers when we get rain more often than sun?  WHY would anyone want to take the time out of their day to make homemade dinner, let alone bath scrub, and WHY would anyone jump on the next project that an avid environmentalist feels is the most destructive to the leaf cutter ant (the ant is not actually endangered or at risk so don’t fret)?

As I was setting up this website, I didn’t think anyone would understand what I was trying to accomplish.  I didn’t quite know what I was trying to accomplish either, except I wanted people to have access to all of the important information that took me an inordinate amount of time to find, so that they could make up their own minds about the direction the world is taking.  I had a very close relative say this to me after I had mentioned the destruction of the rainforest for cattle grazing, “My beef comes from Colorado so why do I care what the Brazilians do with their rainforest? How is the rainforest even related to water?” I was absolutely shocked that someone so close to me would so easily dismiss the impact of the rainforest because they were not located near it.  It made me angry, but it also made me understand that what people need is the why.  Why should we care? Well, answering that is what I’m hoping to accomplish with this website.

My goal is to minimize negative feelings that you as a reader may have towards change.  Most people are very attached to certain aspects of their lives, including material objects, wastefulness, bananas from Ecuador, or expensive cars and houses.  Yes, we will discuss things that make people uncomfortable.  Just remember, I’m not telling you you HAVE to change.  I’m providing you with information for YOU to be able to implement change if you decide.

It is inevitable that along the way I will touch on controversial topics.  There is no way around this, since for every person who feels the same way I do, I feel that 5-10 people feel the opposite way.  There will always be disagreement in the world (which can be good!) and what I hope for is that if you choose to leave a comment, you do so with respect for others.  Fostering change through positivity I find is far more effective than change through anger or rudeness.

And finally, I will write a separate post on this topic, but wanted to bring it up here because I am aware this will be one of the most difficult issues to discuss.  What could it be, this terrifyingly, controversial, and hate-inspiring topic?  Why, food of course! Food is extremely emotional to us as people and between the cultural differences and moral differences, food can become TNT.  I ask that everyone tries to keep an open mind about topics related to food on this site.  As I mentioned, I will only provide information for you to make up your own mind about how you choose to eat, I will not tell you how to eat.   However, as we continue down this path I’m sure you will pick up on a recurrent trend that is undeniable when it comes to the future success of humans and how they eat on the Earth.  And since I personally eat a whole-foods, plant based diet I’m sure most of the recipes or food blogs I post will be either vegetarian or vegan.  Take no offense.  I just don’t visit other food blogs too often (except for Jamie Oliver’s site.  In his case I may take a meat-based recipe and make it meat and dairy free).

I’m so excited and hope you all are too!

Remember, be the change you want to see in the world.  Revolutions can occur one person at a time.