Happy World Environment Day!!! When digging into climate conversations and environmental issues (especially for the whole world) it's easy to feel anxiety creeping up and the doom scrolling intensify. Sometimes it's easy to feel defeated by bad news especially if you are immediately affected by things like severe weather events etc. 

What can be done when you're down in the dumps about the planet?! To be honest, there is no ONE right answer but I DO have a few suggestions after living and working in a climate centered space for the last decade. 


1. Get involved with something in your immediate area. Check with your local municipality to see if there is a Sustainable initiative that you can get involved with. This can look different for everyone. At school it could be a green club helping to connect students to resources and education. In your town is can be as simple as a can drive, organizing a litter pickup, a clothing swap, (like ours at 7pm 6/6) or even a community yardsale/swap. If you aren't into organizing, one of my favorite things to do is take walks in my community and pick up whatever garbage I see along the way. Even something as simple as putting garbage in the correct receptacle can protect people and wildlife in your area and make a big difference. For me, seeing improvements in my immediate area can remind me that individual action matters and that what I do has an impact.


2. If you don't have time to volunteer around town, perhaps donate to organizations you trust!  In the Fingerlakes area I love to support clean water initiatives such as Seneca Lake Pure Waters and if you want to go bigger, I love supporting The Ocean Cleanup through the years they have done amazing work capturing plastic out of the ocean and in rivers BEFORE it hits the larger bodies of water. So far they have removed nearly 850,000 lbs of garbage from our waterways and they aren't slowing down. In May, they removed their 100th load of garbage from the ocean! 


3. If you don't have time to volunteer, and don't have extra funds to donate, GOOD NEWS! You can have a positive impact on the planet and the people around you by incorporating sustainable swaps into the daily routines you already partake in! (This is where we come in!) This is as simple as poking around your house and seeing what you're running low on. Toothpaste? Dishwasher detergent? Spices? Deodorant? Glass cleaner? Pick an item and pop into Marilla's Mindful Supplies (or a refill shop near you) and see if you can find a sustainable alternative! Quite often the sustainable alternative is better for you and if you can find a refill you may even save a few dollars! 


4. Finally, it never hurts to use the algorithm in your favor and search for some positive climate news a few days a week. Of course there will always be something scary to report, but for every sad news story that exists, there is something hopeful happening. Perhaps these hopeful happenstances aren't always as clickworthy and sensational but when my feed is getting depressing, I seek out some positive planet news to re-energize and keep me going so today I'm going to leave you with a couple bites of good news:

This year Portugal is kicking butt with renewable energy!!

In 2024, Portugal's renewable energy sources met 91% of the country's electricity needs on average during the first four months of the year, with a peak of 95% in April. This is a significant increase from 2023, when renewable energy sources only met 62% of the country's electricity needs for the entire year.

REFILL REVOLUTION: Since we opened Marilla's Mindful Supplies in 2019, there were only a handful of low waste refill shops in the US. There are now over 1,000 across the country, many of them are woman or minority owned providing jobs and resources for folks looking to reduce their carbon footprint close to home! 

So with that, I want to say, you matter, and even by doing something as small as signing up for our email list and supporting our tiny shop, you are already positively impacting the planet and the people that live here. 

This year for World Environment Day I hope this leaves you with a little bit of courage, joy, and hope for the future by assuring you that you are enough and that what you are doing is helping far more than you know! 


Thanks for being around and thanks for your support on World Environment Day and all the other days too.


Peace and Blessings, Talk soon!





June 04, 2024 — Marilla Gonzalez

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