Summer is a slower time of year when we hope that you’ll take the time to reflect on things that you’re thankful for. With all of the negativity that the consumer media machine (and, frankly, the world) throw at us daily, it’s often hard to keep perspective. From global violence to decisions by those in power that clearly work against the evidence of human-induced climate change, it’s easy to forget all of the progress that is being made or the things that we can be thankful for. We thought we’d take today to list some things that we’re incredibly grateful for this summer.
1. Access to Potable Water: This summer, Postconsumers has been focusing on raising attention about peak water and the global water shortage. As we’ve pointed out, it’s easy to forget that in many parts of the world, water itself is an endangered resource. We’re thankful that we have access to water every day.
2. People Who Lead By Example: From those who drill down to live with a hundred items or less to those how learn how to reduce their consumer budget by 10% a month, we’re thankful for everybody who’s actively making changes to move beyond the consumer machine and learning to find satisfaction in daily living.
3. The Internet: We may tell you to consider a media diet and spending less time online in general, and that is important. But it’s also true that the internet is a valuable source of information about consumerism, climate and more. It’s also how we find and stay in touch with other Postconsumers!
4. Trees: We dedicated an entire Pinterest board to trees! That’s how much we love them – and this is the time of year when the greatest number of people can enjoy the greatest number of trees!
5. Organizations That Fight For Change: The power resides in numbers, and that’s why organizations like 350.org and the World Wildlife Fund are so very important and we’re so very thankful for the work that they do. We need as many battalions in the fight to change the status quo and direction as possible.