There are a lot of problems with the US government. I’m not going to dance around the fact that I don’t like our president for seemingly countless reasons (I’m a member of the Green Party but voted Democratic due to trying to prevent the dire situation we are now in) – but one of the main reasons is his blatant disregard for the environment. It is inexcusable for a leader of one of the most influential countries to not make environmental issues a primary area of concern. Climate change is real and scary, as I’ve discussed in a blog post titled “Reasons to Care About Climate Change”, and the United States is one of the (if not the top) countries causing most of the problems we are facing with the environment.
The easy solution to fix my own personal feelings on the matter would be to just move out of the states. I’ve thought about it (very seriously).. but I realized that that wasn’t an answer. I have no problem with anyone who decides to leave the United States for whatever reason, including trying to escape the government’s oppressive views, but I just don’t think it’s the answer and I don’t think it’s a good reason to move away. Not for me at least. America’s government and America’s people are problematic at best, this goes much deeper than our presidential elect, and is spread across a huge amount of categories (racism, sexism, environmental impact, homophobia, food waste, etc). When a country with such a huge amount of influence not only brushes off climate issues but acts as if they don’t exist it is a problem of monumental stature.
So.. Why exactly don’t I just leave?
I think my reasoning is I believe it to be similar to if someone sees a crime or injustice taking place and instead of doing their part the situation, they leave and act as if they never saw it happening. The fact is I was born in America and therefore I am apart of the problems taking place whether I like it or not… and I don’t like it. That’s why I’m staying. I see a problem, an injustice taking place against the planet and its inhabitants, and I want to do what I can to change it. As discussed in my post “How to Bring Your Ideas to Life & Change the World” – sitting around and hoping for change is not how change happens. It’s up to us to create the kind of world we want by making our own life surround our ideas.
The most I can do to change these problems is to not run away. To stay, and spread my message and live by example. Living by example to show my lifestyle in action is one of the most important things I do every single day. I think, more than any other method, spreading a message (such as veganism) purely by showing people it is the solution in your own life is the most effective. The United States & the rest of the world are not going to change if everyone who wants the country and the whole world to change for the better just ups and leaves because it’s easier for them. Especially now, this country needs positive communities with leaders who want to fight for a future they believe in through promoting their movements. If we can’t count on our elected leader(s), we need to become our own.
Something I think about a lot in regards to this topic is the fact that negative and hateful people always spread their message. When someone is against something, is angry about something, hates something, they’re more likely to talk about it. Hate groups are more known because of this. I’m not sure why this is, but it probably boils down to human emotions and how they work. At the end of the day, hate gets spread way more frequently of a greater volume than just… love. Ultimately this makes people more likely to make decisions and choices out of hatred. This is something that’s really sad to me. With the fear of being rejected and being shot down in a country that is run on hatred, people fear speaking up and trying to make a difference. That was even how I lived up until very recently when I started this blog, but nobody who is well-known and respected for making a difference became that way through running or keeping quiet.
Living in hostile territory where the huge majority of people simply don’t care about what you are most passionate about is hard. However, I don’t think it is a valid reason to just give up. That’s why I’m not.