you don't give a f**k about the polar bears.
"But I do!" I sputtered.
"I care about the polar bears!
I care about global warming!
I care about climate change!"
then what are you doing about it?
I looked at my then-boyfriend, stunned.
He had a point.
What was I really doing about climate change?
(Other than quoting terrifying statistics about it from The Guardian and feeling depressed...)
My actions were not aligned with my values.
I needed to "walk the talk" as they say.
(Who's they? Country and Western singers?!)
I'd like to say that conversation changed everything,
but that was a decade ago.
During those ten years, I worked, partied, traveled,
married my boyfriend, had two kids,
and then woke up to find I was middle-aged
and still not doing much about my purported values.
This was basically me:
"I'm really worried about climate change!"
* Ate factory-farmed meat at pretty much every meal.
"I hate seeing so much plastic trash on the beach!"
* Still bought plastic water bottles and used plastic bags.
"I loathe what Trump stands for!"
* Stayed at the Vegas Trump Hotel because I got a good deal.
"Child labour is horrific!
* Shopped like a lunatic at places like Primark and H&M.