I tend to see lots of eyes roll in my office if anyone mentions recycling. Many years ago I was a volunteer for Greenpeace. I would spend my weekends standing in town centres across Sussex speaking to people about how they make less of an impact on the environment, highlighting the issues around nuclear power, GMO food, melting ice caps, BP drilling for oil in the arctic and the dangers of drinking water from plastic bottles.
So you could say I have an interest in working out what can be recycled and where.
To this end I am able frequently to enlighten my colleagues on where you can recycle things they thought couldn’t be recycled – pens, crisp packets, cat food pouches etc. The reason they think they can’t be recycled is that they get all their information from what the local council can recycle on the doorstep.
In this climate of increasing calls for everyone to do more, I find this lack of wanting to find more solutions quite depressing. From a selection of people who don’t want to be over controlled by the state, they are looking to the council to provide the information they need to make changes that could help the planet.
Ask them about buying a new car, then they are all over it. But ask them to do something to look after the environment then there is a severe lack of motivation. Why is that? When asked they say it won’t affect them. But they are not thinking of their children and grandchildren. I am the only one in my office without children, but I still care about the future of the planet.
Their lack of care for the world around them leaves me feeling frustrated, despondent and thinking I should not bother myself. Luckily this doesn’t last very long, but I still don’t understand why they are not motivated to do more.