What can we do to make millennials care more about the environmental crisis?” An accusation wrapped in an inquiry, this is a topic I’ve heard tackled often among grownups. On the surface it’s a fairly boring question — after all, what disaster haven’t they tried to pin on us? But unlike blaming us for killing television or agitating traditional office dynamics, this one is a little too far off-base.
Because we came of age at the same time that environmentalism came into vogue, concern for the environment isn’t something our generation has had to fight for — it’s all but hard-coded into our psyche. It follows that we’re statistically more likely to act on it, even when it means shelling out good money for eco-friendly offerings.
Of course, actually buying into the latter takes some real heavy lifting and it’s easy to get discouraged along the way. So, to get the newbies going, we’ve put together an essential starter pack for building eco-conscious lifestyles — with a caveat: Buying better barely scratches the surface of what it means to make environmental decisions. By the time you’ve graduated to ordering your own African Night Crawler worms for your home compost, hopefully you’ll have taken the concepts of sustainability into other areas of your life as well — from who you vote for to where you work. Until then, here are a few things to get you started: