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Tinycaravan: On Environmental Optimism

Tinycaravan: On Environmental Optimism

It’s been a while since our last post on Tinycaravan. The truth is, we needed a mental break. For a few months, we’ve been feeling less than optimistic about the environmental space. Even with all the positive talks we’ve had with friends, there are days when we felt powerless to change. Maybe even hopeless? When we see trash littered on hiking trails. When we read about Scott Pruitt or Andrew Wheeler advocating for policies to repeal laws which aim to protect the environment. Or when we hear news about visitors who visited Joshua Tree National Park and destroyed the wild space. Yeah. On those days it’s hard to look at the world and be optimistic about the future of the environment.

And when the future looks so grim, we wondered, what can we do?

We had many conversations on this topic and spent a good amount of time expressing our feelings of hopelessness and frustrations. Yet, after sitting and sulking about the negative news around us, we realized it was not the most productive (or healthy) way to move forward or change the circumstances.

Tinycaravan: On Environmental Optimism

Instead, we started to talk about environmental optimism and began to –

Change Our Perspectives. On a single day, there will be bad news in the world, but there is also good news too. Rather than let the bad news continue to fill our sense of hopelessness, we needed to change how we responded to it. We talked a lot about using the “bad” news as motivation to continue to take action, to be more vocal, and to share how we can work together for the betterment of the planet. There’s always the potential to do more, but we’re trying to understand that sometimes it’s okay to just do what you can and go from there. In the grand scheme, we still believe that our individual impact matters.

If you’re interested, we wrote an article on ways to stay environmentally and politically active.

Surround Ourselves With Those Who Do Care. It’s very important to surround ourselves with those who are consciously aware. Recently, we received a message from a dear friend who was excited to talk about how she got her office to be more green by reducing single-use plastics in the office kitchen. Another friend messaged us and said he started to carry reusable utensils with him inspired by our post, Dining Tip: Bring Your Own Reusable Utensils. It’s motivating and up lifting. We’re trying to feed off all this positive and proactive energy as much as we can.

If that made you happy too, read more inspiring stories from our friends in our Zero Hour Story series.

Stay Inform About the Good News Too. As citizens of the world, we feel that it is our responsibility to stay up-to-date with the latest news around us. But again, sometimes the news can be dangerously negative. We think it’s just as important to fill our minds with other stories, particularly those that engage us and you know, gives us hope. Influencers like Kaméa Chayne from Green Dreamer podcast, Sara Tso from Matchbox Kitchen, Celia from Litterless, Chris Burkard, and Levi “Save the World” Hildebrand create a positive space that helps remind us of just that.

We hope Tinycaravan serves that purpose for you, too.

Take a Step Back to Breathe. And of course, self-care. We cannot stress how important our mental well-being is. The things that are happening in the world can be overwhelming – we’re human, we’re not perfect, and we can only take so much. Give yourself time to take a step back and focus on your mental and physical health. And breathe. That’s important too.

Have you been feeling the same way? What do you do to stay optimistic about the future of the environment?

P.S. Thank you to all those who have continued to support and follow us through it all. We love you and appreciate you. Take care, until next time ~

Cheers,
Jennifer and Vivian

4 Comments

  1. Vicki C. says

    I couldn’t agree more with all of this! Sometimes I find myself losing momentum when I’m surrounded by those who don’t practice sustainability/care enough for the environment. That’s why it’s so important to create those conversations and educate others in order to continue spreading awareness. With that said, I still continue to push myself knowing that my individual impact does matter. I also love that you guys mention staying informed about the good news – even these little victories are huge steps! Everyday we see more and more shops utilizing compostable straws/utensils/containers, cities banning plastic bags, and even a strong political figure like Jay Inslee and his presidential campaign to build a national movement to defeat climate change. As long as we continue to be heard, we can make an impact!

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    • Hey Vicki! Thank you for your thoughtful comment. We all have those days where we lose motivation and feel hopeless in the environmental space – we’re only human. But it’s great that you continue to push yourself by staying educated and spreading awareness. Every effort counts and makes an impact whether they’re big or small. Glad to be in this space with you!

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  2. Hiotami Takashi says

    I agree wholeheartedly with Vicki C!

    I LOVE Kamea Chayne! She is amazing and so inspiring. I personally love to watch environmental documentaries to remind myself what I am fighting for. Whether it’s an animal focused documentary series like “Planet Earth II” or an educational and informative one like “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power”. it’s always great to be reminded why I first got into the fight.

    Thank you so much for all that you do @Tinycaravan
    #Tinycaravan

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    • Hi, Hiotami! Yes, Kamea is amazing and we’ve learned so much from her. She’s definitely an inspiration. We try to continue to learn though environmental documentaries too. They’re such an enjoyable way to digest information. We’re trying to get back in the groove of watching more and talking about them on our blog. If you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear them!

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