I've examined both these comments and decided that they mean I do things differently to mainstream Aussies.
I would agree with that! And I'm proud of it. It didn't happen accidently. I've worked at it consistently so that I can reduce our personal impact on the planet.
But yesterday I embarrassed myself.
Recently I have been immersed in lectures about Climate Change so I've been thinking about solutions constantly. Also, last week I attended an educational tour of our Resource Recovery Centre (tip/transfer station). Fancy name. I like the idea that we see our rubbish as resources in the wrong place. However only three people attended. We were all members of the local environment group. We are already aware of issues relating to waste and have done a lot to address the issue.
The people who could have benefitted from the tour and the education didn't attend. How do we change people's habits when they don't see environmental issues as important?
Anyway, I digress. I walked into the library and they had a fantastic display about recycling! A bin with a see-through window showing all the things that can be recycled and a couple of large boards with heaps of great facts. This display was shoved into a corner where it couldn't really be seen.
|Peelings become chook food|
I went to the counter and excitedly told them how good this display was and explained that people couldn't see into the see-through bin. The lovely lady helped me re-organise it so that it was more prominent. Then she proceeded to tell me about how much she recycled. Uh Oh!!! I stupidly thought that we were really having a conversation about rubbish. Again excitedly, explaining how easy it would be to then reduce the amount she recycled. I didn't take the conversation for what it really was. Small talk with the strange lady getting enthusiastic about the display!
It was only then that I noticed the look on her face. Arggh! I've crossed a boundary of 'the social norm'. I know that look. It's the one I would give to someone if they came and told me that Martians were living at their house. It's not 'normal' to be enthusiastic about reducing rubbish. She had an expression of horror and you could see that she didn't know how to back out of the exchange. How embarrassing!
|More unpackaged food|
We see that lady every week when we go to the library. I am embarrassed that I sounded like a raving lunatic in her mind.
But what a shame. This should be a conversation that is being had everywhere and often!