‘Convenience is part of what got us here.’

 ” The thing is, this is not about convenience anymore. Convenience is part of what got us here. […]
Yes, refusing plastic, driving less, or writing to your political decision makers is not convenient – but killing our environment is not very convenient neither.
I trust that, if it’s not by love of the beautiful world we live in, we’re at least left with enough survival instinct to act. ”

Beyond Grateful to Martine Luchmun for having trusted me enough to invite me to publish this text that is very dear to my heart -inspired by some amazing friends and their devotion to the environment. This text was published in L’Express.mu paper version on 30/06/2020 and is inspired by my earlier ‘This is NOT convenient’ text.
Writing has always been dear to my heart, so this first published text signed of my name is definitely very dear to me. Grateful as always for these opportunities to speak up for Mama Gaia. May we all remember that we need this Earth and may we take care of it, and of each others.

LExpress 30.06

Full text:
” For the last few years, I’ve been working, studying and volunteering on different projects that wish, all in their different ways, to create a future that is more respectful of the Earth and its inhabitants. And it’s sometime not as convenient as we’d wish it to be.

When, with other young people, we strike to raise awareness about the climate crisis, instead of spending time with family or at our jobs, and get shouted at by someone angrily saying ‘our efforts are useless’ – it is not really convenient.
When I see friends writing letters to political decision makers late at night when they have a full-time job or exams the next day – it is not convenient.
When citizens use their voices, but also time, to discuss with leading enterprises, organise boycott campaigns to stop practices that hurt our environment, volunteer to educate young people or change their daily habits in order to stop over-using earth resources – it is not particularly convenient neither.

The thing is, this is not about convenience anymore. Convenience is part of what got us here.

This is about using our awareness to create new ways of doing that are respectful of the Earth ecosystems – and that, very blindly put, enables us to survive without too much chaos and hurt.

I personally ended up working in the environmental sector after studying Community Services Work, as I realized that we can’t have healthy communities without a healthy environment. I then studied permaculture while working on different local projects related to the environment and then within a company in the recycling sector.
Permaculture is a creative design process based on the 3 ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. We often hear about permaculture in regard to agriculture, but this design process can be applied to many different areas of human settlements from land tenure, to finance [think of local currencies or Community Supported Agriculture], Community Governance [think cooperatives, Transition Towns network and such], Education and more… In a nutshell, permaculture wants to create communities that are positive for the earth and humans.
Nowadays I work in freelance on different project to support different spaces to become more respectful of the Earth, with a big focus on waste reduction and community building.
I also hold workshops and events that wish to give us the opportunity to learn more about environmental themes and reflect on our relationship to our environment, as I do believe that the way we perceive our environment and nature impacts the way we treat it.
Do we see nature only as resources that can be extracted forever for our benefits or do we realize that we depend on it, and its health, for our existence?

Aside from my work, I’m also part of the coordination team of two citizen initiatives that focus on environmental themes: this means that for most of my days I have to look in the eyes the often catastrophic impacts humans have on the Earth, and that I’m hence well-versed in how inconvenient and uncomfortable that is.
However, this also enables me to see how much positive change citizens can create when they come together.
Through Zero Waste Mauritius, one of the initiatives I’m a coordination member of, it’s been four years that we’ve maintained an online platform that enables citizens to share resources about zero waste living as well as support local zero waste businesses. Last year, as a completely volunteer initiative, we’ve also been able to talk to more than 800 young people about how to create less waste through schools and youth groups’ interventions. We’ve also sat with big enterprises to bring forward the voices of citizen and brainstorm together waste reduction.

This platform, I believe, helps each of us to change our daily habits to more eco-responsible ones; but also, and most importantly, helps us come together to positively impact our community. And I believe that it’s through community that we can go above the inconveniences that environmental actions can cause to our daily life and into truly living this positive future we envision.

I do believe we can still create systems that are a joy to participate in and that are respectful of the earth and all its inhabitants, that this situation is not doom-and-gloom, but that – if we act immediately- a beautiful future is still possible.
To be honest, I’m not even interested anymore in debating with you about your views on the climate crisis– a subject that has become very controversial it seems – because I have faith that we can agree on the very basic fact that we need clean water, pure air and healthy soil to be able to thrive on this planet.

I trust that we can agree that there’s something wrong in destroying the very forests and marine ecosystems that enables us to breathe.
I trust that we’d be able to sit together and see how we’re part of the global web of life and how each aspect of our daily life depends on the rest of the earth biodiversity.
I trust that this very basic view of interdependence is enough to motivate us to come together and change our ways of doing things in order to preserve the very ecosystems that keep us alive.
Yes, refusing plastic, driving less, or writing to your political decision makers is not convenient – but killing our environment is not very convenient neither.
I trust that, if it’s not by love of the beautiful world we live in, we’re at least left with enough survival instinct to act.
And I hope you’ll join the citizens that, from all over the world, are taking actions on their levels to create this future. If you already do so, I thank you for pushing through the discomfort in order to stand up for a planet with healthy ecosystems.”

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