In my everyday life, I make a conscious effort to reduce my ecological footprint on the planet. My parents taught my siblings and I to not waste anything, whether it’s money, food, paper, time, anything! So it has been ingrained in my mind to reduce wastage. As I got older and learned about the environmental impacts of our actions, small and big, I’ve tried even harder to be aware of my consumption levels and reduce, reuse and recycle.

Through my travels and seeing the way people live all around the world, I have learned to appreciate that in Australia, we at least have a garbage disposal system. Of course, there is always room for improvement but that’s another argument. My point is some people around the world are not educated on pollution and sustainability. So it makes me mad when people in first world countries litter or have a complete disregard for the environment. As a result, both at home and when I travel, I vowed that I would minimise consumption and wastage as much as possible.

I am not a full-time environmental activist. I know that I can still do more to contribute to a sustainable world – a world I love exploring. I will spend the rest of my life trying to improve my habits. And yes, I have been called a hippie and a greenie and I have been made to feel like I am too uptight and I should loosen up when it comes to caring for the environment. I think this is part of the problem. It’s the mentality and attitude towards sustainability that makes it very difficult for me to share how important it is to me – heck, to planet Earth – that we be more aware of our actions and how it impacts the environment.

I still have a lot to learn about the relationship between society and the environment. This post is the first step I have ever taken to sharing even my simplest views on sustainability. As I continue to learn about the world, not just from travelling but also through reading, listening, watching and personal experience, I hope to offer more on this topic.