Acknowledging privilege in the pursuit of sustainability

I’m no expert in this area but it’s something I want to address so I hope you bear with me as I open up a discussion on privilege and sustainability.

I am white, educated and have the ability to choose to live more sustainably. I have time to research sustainable options, I have access to second hand shops, I can drive to shops that sell package free foods and I can buy sustainable products that are more expensive. It doesn’t escape me that this is a privilege. 

I understand that not everyone’s circumstances are the same as mine. Through Green Outlook I encourage all types of changes. Yes there is the shop but I share information through this blog and through social media on various topics to help everyone. I approach sustainability as a holistic topic and always encourage people to make the small changes they can. To be the most sustainable person is unachievable for many but for the greater good of many we must do our bit. There is no question that practicing sustainability is a privilege.

I acknowledge my privilege and I try to use it for good. I also want to give a voice to those who can’t speak out. As we approach International Women’s Day (IWD) this 8th March I would like to take time to reflect on all people across the world, particularly women whatever their situation. I want to think of the garment workers of the fast fashion industry, particularly young women who do not have the opportunities available to me. I also want to think of the single Irish mom who’s trying to cloth and feed her children. 

Sustainability isn’t a trend, it is a necessity, but right now it is not accessible to all. If the world is to be a better place we must continue to challenge the system, implement change and encourage change 

This IWD, I ask that you acknowledge your privilege, continue to educate yourself and use your voice for those who can’t.