Conscious consumerism is something we could call ‘dollar voting.’ It is making healthier/ better choices to get what you want in the long run, like boycotting a company because they use dangerous chemicals in hopes of making them remove said chemicals.
Sadly, while this method will bring about change it won’t do it fast enough. A study from 2012 that compared the footprints of green consumers to regular consumers and found no meaningful difference. Just because we want to make the right choices in life is not going to do as much as we would like it too. For instance, if you donate clothes to charity, in the end, those clothes are still going to end up in a dump. Conscious consumerism takes much more time than we have.
Making conscious consumer decisions is not a replacement for real change. It is merely a stepping stone in the right direction. No, I am not saying you should stop, healthy choices still benefit your health and doing anything to prologue the destruction of our environment is a good thing, but we need to do more than just recycle or eat organic. We need to think bigger. We need to do MORE!
When it comes to making a real difference in this world we need to do much more than conscious consuming. We need to make donations to organizations that are fighting to keep our waters drinkable and be more involved. We need to support the politicians who are going to help us not pull us down. We need to get out there in the world and demand these dangerous or untested chemicals not be allowed in our foods rather than simply not buying them. Could you imagine the things we could accomplish if all of us would donate a measly five dollars a week or a month?
Being involved is not nearly as hard as most people think it is. It only takes a few minutes to contact your local representatives and tell them you want immediate action. Get out and vote for changes no matter how big or small, we all have to start somewhere. Make sure you are informed on the things going on and do everything you can to show your support for our environment. If you have the time volunteering really makes a huge difference.
We have to stand united and fight, we have to go to meetings and make sure we are aware of all the things plotting against us. We have to be aware! Conscious consumerism only makes you feel like you are making a difference when in reality there is so much more to do. You are making yourself feel better but the planet is still suffering.
Take a stand, make a change. This planet needs us! If we don’t stand up for it no one else will, that is the sad truth. We have to do whatever it takes to make a difference.