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“Carbon emissions are up. Don’t blame Trump, this is on all of us”

That’s right, Americans, we have been effectively called out.

Thank you, Scott Martelle.

In his opinion article for the LA Times, Mr. Martelle said the one thing nobody wants to hear. That negative Environmental impacts are right in front of our noses, yet we are still smelling them like a fine wine.

He describes our national state of mind as a paradoxical “do as we say, not as we do” conundrum. Meaning, we are advocating for change, yet our happenings reflect stasis. Although most of us wholly disagree with President Trump’s environmental rollbacks, he is not forcing us to continue consuming fossil fuels, buy single-use products, or practice poor agricultural management. WE ARE MAKING THOSE CHOICES.

I like to think of this mindset as one of the late NIMBY “not in my backyard” spiels. If it is not directly affecting me, why do I have to change my ways?

That is an emotional state that affects our conscious behaviors. When we are angry, stressed, overworked, do we get to the root of the problem? Or do we shrug off responsibility for our actions as no big deal (because no one is monitoring us)? I’d say the latter comes up more naturally.

How can we remind ourselves and others to stay positive? To see the positivity in our changes? Radical Intentional Adaptation. A realization, interest, in our environmental pitfalls. Which lead to conscious changes with beneficial outcomes.

Let’s start this E.C. revolution already.

Let’s get to the root of the problem (OUR ASSUMPTIVE LACK OF WORTH WHICH DRIVES OVERCONSUMPTION.)

Let’s remind ourselves what matters most. (Our actions. Our INDIVIDUAL actions.)

Let’s pave the way to a brighter, connected, wholesome future.

Are you with me?