We launched the Plastic Free Greece initiative only 1 week ago, and we are already 1000 strong on our Facebook page. This support and all the comments show that we DO care.
It IS depressing what we have done to our planet, and there are no quick fixes. Governments have the obligation to protect the environment - the convenience plastic offers to citizens and businesses alike needs to be regulated and waste needs to be managed appropriately. We do need to lobby our politicians for this. But we cannot just get depressed, or sit around and wait for solutions. We are swimming in plastic, and since it has penetrated our food chain, we are eating and drinking micro plastic particles.
Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher, explained it best. A virtuous society doesn't just exist. It spirals out from each individual. First consider your own actions, then those of your family, of your community, and slowly slowly your circle of care widens to include society in its entirety.
The solution starts with each and every one of us. It's time to set the example in our own lives and get others to act as well. Change your buying patterns, say no to the single use plastic bag / straw / cutlery / plate / balloon (?! who needs those?!), to excessively packaged vegetables and toys. Make the effort to carry an extra multi-use bag around with you in your purse / car for that shopping. Tell others why you are doing what you are doing:
4.3 BILLION PLASTIC BAGS WERE CONSUMED IN GREECE IN 2016.