After 3 weeks of holidays I am energized, rested and with a big smile on my face. My skin feels more familiar as it is sun-kissed, my curls are soft and my heart is full of sunshine. I have a memory card full of photos and videos, work to do and a moving to another country.
There are a lot of things that I have used again and again during these holidays. And however weird it might sound I am trying to go a little bit more towards minimalism since maximalism has started making me a little bit tired.
It has been weird to travel. This journey was different from the others. It was being more aware, wearing masks, keeping distance, visiting isolated places, being more isolated, avoiding people. Imagine my reaction to seeing my parents after more than a year and the first thing I had to say to my mother was “no hugs” . This pandemic, or epidemic or whatever it is… has changed a lot of things we should not change. Things we should becoming better at. Empathy, human contact, socializing, community. How will you remember this time 10 years from now really? We all have different experiences from this. For me it has been a tough period. A period I had to isolate, I had to distant myself, I had to hold back my feelings, a period I “closed myself even more into myself”. But you know what they say :
“He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.”– William Samuel Johnson
My first days in Greece was weird. I was trying to keep the people around me safe, and they were doing the same for me…. I can say that I will definitely remember this time as the time that I have seen more people showing respect rather than dismissal and as a time that their eyes told me more than their words. In Greece masks inside closed spaces is obligatory. Also all service people are obliged to wear masks when they are working. Imagine working on a sandy beach. Nice yeah? Well now imagine walking under a hot sun, temperature being 35 degrees and wearing a mask… well… not that nice after all.
Taking into consideration how little travel has been done by everyone this year and how much we stayed at home one would think that humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services would maybe meet what Earth can regenerate in a year. Earth overshoot day marks the day we meet this demand.
Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year.
In 2019, Earth Overshoot Day landed on July 19th. This year was August 22nd. Apparently we maintain this deficit by liquidating stocks of ecological resources and accumulating waste, primarily carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Earth Overshoot Day is hosted and calculated by Global Footprint Network. At the webpage of https://www.overshootday.org/ there is a message.
To allow all to thrive on Earth can only be achieved by design, not disaster.
If I think disaster, the first thing that comes on my mind is climate change. And while 5 years ago we were debating whether climate change is happening now we know that it is the obvious impact of our carelessness. We humans drive disaster but we also drive change.
Every year I go back to my home country I am thinking will these seas still be as clean in a few years, will we still be able to find the same fishes, how will the ecosystem look like? But let’s stop lying to each other. It all depends on us. Every single one of us.
Personally I was not doing much for this. But I know I have to change and that I have to do it fast.
My personal journey on taking care of my home started with small steps. One of those was to eliminate the use of plastic and I started by buying my first reusable water bottle, which I know I posted a lot on Instagram. You see I was excited with how much joy this has given me. It does not sound like a huge step for some. You are probably right. But we all need to start somewhere. I have replaced my plastic straws to glass straws and apparently there are stores now opening that are plastic free. Doesn’t this sound great?
Reusable plastic bottle are not only good for the environment but are also good for our health.
In a study of 259 plastic water bottles at the State University of New York at Fredonia, scientists found that 93 per cent of the surveyed bottles had some form of microplastic contamination. Additionally, single-use plastic bottles are mostly made of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, which is safe to use, but not reuse; these plastics can leach chemicals into your water if heated or scratched.
These holidays started with a reusable water bottle who knows how many more steps I can walk until the end of the year. One thing is for sure… we have to keep on moving.
I leave you with one of my favourite summer songs for years….
Quem mostrava esse caminho longe?