about climate change and all the creatures that walk, fly, swim, and slither along with us, then the most important thing each and every one of us can do is to reduce our consumption and be mindful of the footprint we leave behind.
The simplest way to think about it is this: consume only what we need, not what we merely desire.
Why? Because consumption kills.
Every product that comes from a factory (smartphone, car, clothing, etc.) requires thousands of other factories, millions upon millions of gallons of water, untold amounts of plastic and waste, on and on. And all of those things require the deaths of countless living creatures— many of them sentient, like us.
Every product has, in effect, two prices: the monetary cost and the life cost. And you know what they say: “Nothing’s free.”
But there is a bright, shining silver lining to this dark cloud. Because so much of what we consume is not really necessary - to be healthy, to survive, to enjoy our lives. This means that we can change how we consume and have an enormous impact.
The less we consume (and the more we consume in less harmful ways), the less need there will be to produce things. As production decreases, habitat destruction, poisoning of water and oceans, and more all decrease as well. Plus, we save money, so when we do consume, we can buy higher quality products that do less harm and last longer.
We may not be able to completely stop climate change and extinctions at this time, but surely we can and should do everything we can to slow down the process as much as possible. The very good news is that making change like this is entirely within each of our own control. We don’t have to convince CEOs or Presidents to change their policies (though that would be great!). We can start the change right now.
Of course many people are doing just that: taking action in their own lives to do the least amount of harm possible. Which is fantastic — and we admire and respect them greatly.
But it’s not easy: our society is organized almost completely around consumption. Plus, it is hard to see the broader impact that our own individual change is having or could have. “So what if I don’t eat meat? The same number of cows will still die.”
To make the most of our individual actions, we need to act with intention and purpose. We need to plan out how we will live in the world. We need reminders and tools. And we need to know that we are part of something bigger, much bigger.
We have an idea for an app that can help get us there. It's called fabe and we need your help to make it a reality.