Facebook Privacy and Plastic in the ocean – why does everyone suddenly seem to care?

Weird. 10 years ago me and my activist friends were saying “Facebook is probably selling all your data.” Still we used Facebook for the positive things and I had to keep some opinions off Facebook because I assumed activists were monitored. Now they’ve admitted it the world is going crazy.
15 years ago me and my activist friends were saying the ocean is full of plastic. Now David Attenborough has shown you the dying whales and starving polar bears the world is going crazy.
It’s should be glad that it’s trendy to care about these things now, but I’m just bitter that there’s a list of things that are still not trendy to care about or even know about, some of them being potential solutions to the problems above.
But go ahead, delete Facebook and stop using plastic bags like your data’s not still out there and stop using plastic bags like the last decade of plastic will just disappear.
Actually unless you’re a political threat in some way chances are all your data is doing is making your pop up ads more relevant. It’s the activists who have the most to worry about in this Big Brother world, their data could be used to profile them.
I have mixed feelings, the dominant one should be content though. Maybe even happiness. Content, even happy, that giving a shit is cool these days, it’s not just Swampy and his “crusty” mates getting laughed at for going to protests…
I should be happy but I guess I’m just irritated that so many individuals seem motivated more by trends than morality and all corporations are motivated more by profit than morality. But at least the trends are changing and the the trends are changing the profit margins…
Here’s the conclusion. We all have individual responsibility. Each of our little efforts makes a little difference but all of us making an effort makes a bigger difference. Now, the activist in me knows that if corporations invested in biodegradable plastics like hemp plastic the growth of hemp would take excess carbon out the air AND the fact that plastic comes from oil would lessen the need for wars for oil (the reason why we find excuses to invade various middle Eastern countries, it’s a conspiracy theory to some, blatantly obvious to others and we’ll get no prizes in a decade when the newspapers agree with the activists [cough, Chilcott Inquiry, cough cough]).
BUT corporations have one God, profit, so we the market have to change our spending habits if we want change on that level. Which brings it back to personal responsibility.
So yeah, I’m partly bitter, and I’m partly content, but I’m not gonna be happy til I actually accept that corporations don’t give a damn about us, or our grandchildren.
I feel literally heavy with the thoughts in my head, if I don’t find a like-minded soul to share them with the internet gets a rant. It’s been a while x
EDIT – ps in retrospect I think alot of people are motivated by morality, it’s just most people would rather not educate themselves, and I can’t blame them for not wanting to get depressed, awareness is not always an enviable position. As many activists who worked harder than me for longer than me would say I’m sure.

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