I wrote this post before all the events transpired in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, but I wanted to briefly address those acts of terror and intolerance.
I was horrified by the hatred and violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. Emma Goldman said, "The most violent element in society is ignorance." White supremacists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups are not only completely ignorant, but are also incredibly dangerous. And we cannot let hateful speech and actions like this continue. We must denounce this type of intolerance, and we must be vigilant in our denouncement of it. So to all my friends that are people of color, queer, transgender, Jewish, female, and all other the people these ignorant, violent idiots are rallying against, I stand with you and against this type of hatred.
The rest of the blog was written as a reaction to the federal climate report that was leaked last week.
This year has left many of us feeling helpless. There are so many causes that deserve our attention: police brutality, transgender rights, access to birth control, immigration law and let’s not forget—the environment.
Last week, I was reading about the federal climate change report in The New York Times, and it stated, “The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years.”
So the world is getting warmer, as climate scientists have warned us for quite some time. And we are not doing enough to address it. There are still many that deny that global warming is caused by the actions of people.
I first learned about global warming in elementary school, and that it is caused by pollution. I never questioned my science teacher or the reading we did in our textbooks. I also tend to trust the 97% of the climate scientists that think global warming trends are likely due to human activities.
When I read things like the climate change report and hear about our country stepping back many environmental protections, I too feel a little helpless.
So what can we do to make a difference? Or more specifically, what can you do to help the environment?
You can shop vintage.
I know, I know. That sounds super self-serving. I own a vintage store. You’re absolutely correct.
But the truth is shopping vintage keeps these items out of landfills.
Remember our Stormy Sky Chic Upcycled Wood Dresser? I found that on a curb. It was in terrible shape. It took A LOT of repair work to fix that dresser. But fix it I did, and then a nice woman and her daughter purchased it for her daughter’s apartment.
But if I had not intervened, it is likely that dresser would have ended up in the garbage dump.
And who could forget our Make It Your Family Farmhouse, Upcycled Trestle Table? My dad built this table from boards removed from his family farmhouse. The house is no longer habitable, but the wood is certainly still usable. My dad pulled as much wood as he could out of his old home. He ended up making three tables, and has a fourth in the works, from all the boards he salvaged.
Obviously, not all vintage furniture or home décor is bound for the dumpster. But the truth is, some of it is.
There are plenty of people that don’t have desire, skills or time to rehab these items. And I get it. My life is incredibly busy too. I certainly don’t have the time to save every dresser on the curb.
But each dresser, pile of boards or old blanket that we rescue is one more step towards a healthier, less wasteful world.
And every time you buy vintage, know you are doing your part in helping care for our planet. It is a small thing, but if we all band together and do a lot of small things, it can make a big difference.
Oh and you may just get an awesome brass planter out of the deal. :)