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Where does conservation start?

Where does conservation start?

Folks, it has been a busy summer! I’ve had lots of visitor here at The Swamp and I wanted to be available to greet each and every one of you, but I’ve still had a bit of time to read up on what has been happening in the world of citizen conservation. I’ve been thinking a lot about the different approaches people are starting to explore when it comes to making the world a better place.

You’ve probably all heard the saying, “Change starts with you.” It is a helpful and motivating statement, but it has its limits. Humans certainly have the capacity to change many things within their own day-to-day lives, but what about changes that need to happen on a mass or global scale? Can and should individuals be responsible for changing cultures and ways of life?

Or does “Change start from within?”

Recently, I read a blog that challenges the idea of individual- or community- level solutions. It argues that the onus should not be on individuals to curb major environmental issues like plastic pollution, but rather be addressed by the major producers of plastic pollution. Wouldn’t it be better to not produce massive amounts of plastic in the first place than to figure out what to do with it once it’s used and needs to be disposed?
In the blog above, the author proposes that affecting legislation and a sustainable economy model are the keys to affecting conservation change on a large scale. Bans, limits, and sustainable design are the solution to conservation issues like rampant fossil fuels, clean water, and ocean-friendly seafood.

Now that I’ve had time to absorb and reflect on these ideas, I am wondering what you all think? Do you think bans, legislation, and industry are routes to pursue to make the Earth a better home for human and animal? What role do individuals play in this model of conservation change? Do you feel empowered and hopeful that we can address environmental issues in this way?
Tell me your thoughts in the comments section or on Twitter @CandidCroc!

Until next time…

Posted: 8/31/2018 2:08:18 PM by Steve Pine

Carlita the Croc

I'm Carlita the Croc, here to deliver my candid views on various topics, articles, news, and stories in conservation. For the latest news follow me on Twitter, for striking photos follow me on Instagram.


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