Few months ago I arrived to Slovenia by bike from Spain. Winter was almost over, but still cold, and I was on the road cycling by my own so probably not the best experience but still my decision. The only option that I wanted to consider.
The day I get to the country it was the first biggest international gathering fighting climate change. I was wishing to join some Slovenian young group standing up for ecological rights.
But there I was, packing up my tent and ready to continue my trip through tiny villages in the hilly region that would take me to my new plan. Joining an organic and biodynamic farm project for the following seven months, where I am going to be learning how to be food self-sufficient, to work respecting natural cycles, to live within a “microcommunity”…
And just then I realized that I was exactly in the right place where I could be. There were other people giving some of their time, their presence and their voices to protest for those ecological “injustices” that we are all facing. So I decided to invest my time, my energy, my strength and my knowledge to create what I call “My personal big revolution”.
One of the tasks we are developing in the farm is to build up a compost toilet. And for those who need an explanation of what that means, just going to say that it is the perfect way of closing cycles of life. It is a really efficient method not to spoil clean water and a wonderful habit to reconnect with nature. Because if there is plenty of creatures on the soil that can compost our manure, why should we use extra energy and drinking water for it?
So here it is my protest to each individual:
Start taking care of your own shit!
If you pay attention carefully to the quote you could adapt it to any action of your daily life. As a consumer, as a citizen, as a natural part of this amazing living world.
We need to ask ourselves more often if we need those things we are about to buy, if we know where those things come from, how it was the process of making it, who was involved in the process, how it was the labor condition of that people, with which materials and products were those things made up, if we have an alternative that makes the product chain saver for the producer, for the consumer and for the environment.
Shit is there, and we need to start taking the responsibility of our actions. Flushing it out of our sight does not make a real solution.