We are not immune to the repercussions of our actions. How personal does the problem need to become in order to act on it? When something happens to ‘the environment out there’ is it easier to turn a blind eye? Why do we draw a line to delineate the self and other? Maybe it seems safer that way, but ultimately it just perpetuates limited awareness. How can we start seeing and feeling that we’re all connected and everything we do to the soil, the air, the water, the plants, the animals, we do to ourselves.
*note: all these studies are ongoing due to the nature of increased plastics and chemical use within the past several decades. As time goes on, and longitudinal studies are published, I am sure we will be made aware of much greater damage. This is why operating with the ‘precautionary principle’ to limit chemical exposure is better than ‘innocent until proven guilty’ policy. By the time there is sufficient proof of harm of chemicals, the problem is already widespread with decades of exposure.