I think I have always been aware of the environmental crisis, from those around me and the occasional mention in school.
Thinking about the future makes me feel very powerless. I try to deal with this by making small changes to feel some control in the situation – like going vegetarian and using public transport or my bike more.
I also feel a lot of sadness at the loss that damage to our environment represents, loss that is already happening. Spending time talking about it with my friends and paying more attention to nature helps, and in some ways this sadness makes me appreciate the environment even more.
I also feel guilty as someone who is safe from the current effects of damage to the environment. How is it fair that I am part of the problem, but less vulnerable to the consequences?
What has been most helpful is sharing how I feel with other people. After going to my first protest about the environment, I felt different. I still find the environmental crisis terrifying, but seeing and experiencing that we can make things change really helped me to feel supported, more in control and less alone.
It helps me to remember that there ARE people who feel the same. I also need to remember that although one person making a change DOES have an impact, that doesn’t mean it is all up to one person to carry the burden. Cheesy as it is, we should all be in this together.