Hi, I’m Olivia. Nice to meet you!
Lover of cats, cheese, and social democracy. I also enjoy travelling, baking, and art, and I’m embarking on a journey to find ways to make my everyday life more sustainable and less wasteful. I have been engaged in learning about and practicing leftist politics since I was 14 years old, and found myself being really kicked into gear following the 2016 election and Donald Trump’s aggressive ignorance and denial about the climate crisis our world is facing. I work as a freelance web developer, social media manager, and in media production in Little Rock, Arkansas, where I live with my boyfriend and two cats (Shamu and Hannibal).
I started this blog to document my search for sustainability that is effective, affordable, and accessible, because despite the fact that corporations are causing the problem, it has become incredibly clear that everyday people must be the solution. While it is impossible to truly be zero-waste or sustainable, I do believe that it is a goal that everyone who can work towards, should work towards. I don’t ever want this blog to be misundersttod, so I’ll say right now some of the basic beliefs about sustainability that I hold right now:
- There is no ethical consumption under capitalism.
As long as capitalism is the prevailing system, we cannot ever have truly ethical consumption. You can’t buy anything from a car to a bouquet of flowers to a chocolate bar without supporting an unethical system that employs and profits off of slavery, wasteful consumption of resources, ecologically harmful practices, and corrupt leadership. Everyday average people are not to blame for this. Billionaires, corrupt government agencies, and corporations are to blame for this. Period. This has to change before we can be truly sustainable and zero-waste.
- Corporations are the ones who caused this problem.
Let’s not pretend that our current ecological crisis was caused by people who won’t take 4-minute showers or go vegan or stop throwing things away. According to FastCompany.com, individuals are statistically blameless for the current crisis, and individual action alone is not sufficient to solve the problem. The CDP Carbon Majors Report points to 100 companies that have caused 71% of global carbon emissions since 1988. Most of them are fossil fuel companies. These are companies that we depend on, and therefore as consumers, it is almost impossible to influence them to make a change. It is ultimately down to governments and industry leaders to put a stop to this.
- Just because we as individuals can’t solve the problem, doesn’t mean we can’t try to improve things.
When I began to really learn about the state of the world, I felt immediately convicted. I felt that I could no longer consider myself an ethical person if I wasn’t at least trying to lessen the negative impact I was having.
- Not everyone has the same ability or responsibility to work towards sustainability.
Our responsibility as activists is directly proportional to our privilege as people. Wealthier people and people with more influence have a much larger repsonsibility when it comes to working towards a more sustainable, less wasteful future. We can’t put the blame on poor people for a problem that the 1% caused. We can’t put the responsibilty on poor people to solve the problem that the 1% caused. Those who can work towards sutainability in their lives should, but we can’t judge or condemn those who are not able to make major changes for not making objectively difficult and expensive choices.
Let’s make something together.