Being Eco-friendly is Hard

But, at least, we have to try

Athina Kontolati
Climate Conscious


Photo by TAHA AJMI on Unsplash

Being eco-friendly is hard. Ever since I started actively trying and searching for ways to live a more environmentally sustainable life, I often experience feelings of inadequacy. I am afraid that I can’t do enough.

There were always so many things that I wanted to do and as I grow up I want to try even more things and consequently gain more experiences. But every time I try to do something my mind swirls with numerous thoughts such as “Can you do this sustainably?”, “Should you eat this? This was a once-living chicken” “Should you buy that new notebook that you wanted or you should just ‘suck it up’ and turn fully digital no matter how uncomfortable it is?”. But here is the thing.

First of all, I like eating.

A lot. It’s like a hobby for me. To be honest, eating is a hobby for me. I like searching for new cuisines to try and generally I like searching for anything related to food and cooking. But the thing is many of our existing eating habits have a very negative impact on the environment. Sadly, I am still 90% part of the problem.

The last two months I have been trying, and at some level succeeded, to cut down on my weekly meat and dairy consumption. Due to my living situation I can’t do much more than that at the time being.