Phonies At Climate Change March

Over 310,000 people joined in the March last weekend. (Zoë Schlanger, Newsweek)

This past weekend, September 21st, was the world’s “largest-ever” climate change march. I happened to be fortunate enough to be in New York City while this event was taking place. This march kindled a lot emotions for myself that I would like to share to the rest of you.

What I realized this weekend is that people love to pretend they care. This is not to say that some people who were at this protest are not die hard environmentalists, but there also were a lot of phonies at this event. Actually, there are a lot of phonies not only at this march, but in life in general.

I’m glad that people are taking a stance and actively fighting for this cause or for any cause for that matter, but I also do believe that there are little steps we can all take each and everyday to show our concerns without recognition. Too many people in life need recognition to confirm that what they are doing is right, which to me makes no sense at all. If you are doing something you believe in or something you agree with strongly you should be doing it for whatever it is the cause is, not because it is the ‘cool’ thing to do. It’s almost like peer pressure never stops influencing individuals no matter how old someone may be.

What I really want to know is how many people that were there this weekend actually use recycled/reusable water bottles? How many people take the time to separate their trash? How many people there print double sided or actually refrain from printing when they can? Which people bring a reusable bag every time they go to the grocery store?

I am not here to say that I am perfect or that I am an environmentalist, but I do care about the environment in which we live in. I try to live by environmentalist practices everyday of my life, but I do not need to walk in a march to prove this. I do not need recognition from outside forces to know what I am doing is right or that what I am affecting the world in which we live in.

I do not need to stand in a march to prove I care. I do not need to put on a show for the world to see because when it comes down to it I am making a difference, a much bigger difference than those who went to the protest and then proceeded to throw their papers on the ground or in a non-recycled trash bin.

Society is so hypocritical. We do one thing in front of people and behind closed doors we do another. We turn a blind eye when it is convenient  to us. We pretend we care and put on a show for the world around us to watch.

I challenge everyone who reads this article to take a look at what protests they partake in, what actions they take, and and think about what it is they believe in. Write down three causes you stand for. Now, make sure you’re taking action for the right reason. Make sure you are standing up for what you believe in. Life should not be a show we put on, it should be us doing what we want because it’s what we believe in. We do not need others to tell us what is right and wrong.

At the end of the day you are the person you have to look at. You are the person you are going to have to live with; on and off screen.