It doesn't take much for most of us to conjure images of birds full of plastic, polar bears in trouble, plastic-filled beaches, devastating heatwaves and drought, or melting polar ice. The mental gymnastics comes in when we connect those pictures to our own actions...and allow ourselves to believe that our habits contribute to those horrors.
The task of finding just the right links to connect each human to a motivation that will induce action is too large for this space. If moving toward zero-waste is something that appeals, however, I encourage taking the time to find + articulate the motivation. In order to keep moving toward the goal, I have found my expressed motivation crucial. A few factors that are influential in my own journey are:
Here are a few of the sources that educated + informed my worldview and helped me form my motivation as I moved into this journey toward zero-waste:
Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes
Matthew Sleeth's Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action
Planet Earth (DVD)
Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma (kid's version too) + In Defense of Food
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food (for teens) by Wilson + Schlosser
Bea Johnson's Zero-Waste Home
The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard
No Impact Man by Colin Beavan + DVD (though I was reading his blog at the time)
Urban Homestead by Kelly + Erik Coyne
Little House in the Suburbs by Caswell, Siskins, + Musser
Garbology by Edward Humes
Even though I have kept reading on this topic, these books remain some of my favorites.
I am going to save my own concise motivation for another day...so as not to eclipse anyone's thought process in coming to an authentic + meaningful conclusion.
Happy thinking! :)