|A mangrove forest - check out that root system! Photo Source|
So now I find myself in Thai restaurants ordering my pad thai without shrimp, which makes me sad. And I haven't been to Fisherman's Wharf for a shrimp cocktail since I learned all this. But I still occasionally steal shrimp off a friend's plate when they aren't looking. Does that make me a horrible person?
Not that this is at all a current issue in my life, but I've also always imagined myself having a big family- maybe four kids? But I'm not sure I can justify bringing more than two people into the world with the carbon footprints my kids would likely have growing up in America. Not to mention that the world probably already has too many people for the environment to sustain us as it is.
So what do I do? Well, for now, I stop eating shrimp, and I talk to people who don't know about the impacts of shrimp farming (no guilt, just information). I've also cut back on the amount of meat I eat, but I haven't totally eliminated it (seeing as my last post had pepperoni in it...) And as to future kids? Well, I think that decision is quite a ways off still. :)
Do you have environmental guilt? How do you handle it?