Call-to-Action! Is there anything you want to say to our readers?
Giordano: I believe where it all starts is to learn and have an awareness of social and environmental causes. The first step can be: putting yourself out there, talking to people, and getting involved in local actions. It is also important to educate yourself on why we have the problems that we have, so reading books and watching documentaries would advance your knowledge and build the foundation of your action-taking. Nonetheless, I have to say that there is no such thing as a perfect recipe for activism, but changing your consumptive behavior so as to vote with your wallet for the world you would like to see is a powerful way to make an impact for the greater good. Practically speaking, look around your house and see where you can reduce your plastic consumption. I have noticed that the bathroom is where many products, ranging from shampoo, razors, toothbrush, and deodorant, contain single-use plastic. You can find alternatives on your local zero waste shop or an online eco goods shop which could save you money if you buy things in bulk or a larger amount. Bring your own bags, utensils, cups and water bottles whenever you can. Be conscious of the impact of your diet; cut back on animal products, particularly red meat consumption as much as you can and choose local, seasonal and organic if possible. Support small, local businesses that truly care about people and the planet. I can assure you that you will feel by far healthier both in mind and body because you are intentionally choosing what is good for the planet and yourself. Do not try to do everything right overnight, and instead, go slow but steady because you want to be in a game for the long run as a responsible member of society.
At Ostia Clean-Up, there are a number of projects currently underway, some of which involve collaborations with other organizations and even book-exchange; you cannot keep your eyes off of them! To find out more, visit their website and follow them @ostiacleanup