I am suffering from Environmental Fatigue.
It was absolutely wonderful last week to get such a chorus of congratulations and approval for my blog post about my trip to the Palace to get my MBE, and I realized I’d been missing that feedback while I’ve been blogging about earnest subjects like the environment.
Although I always try to put a positive spin on anything I write about the environment (“we CAN do it – one oarstroke at a time!”) it seems that, no matter how I present it, it does not elicit the enthusiastic response that a brush with royalty does.
Yet, in the overall scheme of things, my MBE is a minor and ephemeral event, while the damage we are doing to the Earth is serious and long-lasting.
It seems that talking about the environment is just not sexy. It’s not fun. It doesn’t make us smile or feel good. It might be vitally important, but it’s often quite boring. The triumphs tend to be long-fought and hard-won, and too often too small in relation to the problems.
What do you think? Do you know any good examples of ways to make environmental responsibility more fun and appealing? How can we celebrate our successes in a way that breeds more success?
I shall leave the last word to that well-known environmentalist (?!), Woody Allen:
“Mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”