Joanna Clearys Comments
When it comes to the environment, I often have to fight between two contradictory drives—the learned drive to do whatever it takes to be environmentally conscious and the primal drive to do whatever is easiest. It’s easy for one to say that they care about the environment, but it’s also easy to only take superficial actions towards reducing one’s ecological footprint. I wrote “Plastic Poem” to explore the guilt that can come with this hypocrisy in the hopes that acknowledging my flaws—and the flaws perhaps many of us share—will drive me to make my efforts to become an environmentally conscious person more authentic.
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