Sustainable Song: What I've Done

This week's Sustainable Song is What I've Done by Linkin Park, chosen by our Environmental Sustainability Manager, Christina Tsiarta. Here's why:

Pollution; Species extinction; Habitat destruction; Deforestation; Climate change; Poverty; War; Starvation; Over consumerism; Racism; Child abuse; Drugs; Corruption.

These are the thoughts that go through my head every time I watch this music video. A reminder of everything that’s wrong with the world.

The lyrics go on to talk about why we have failed to be bold in our reactions in addressing any of these issues, or be truthful to ourselves. We continue to sleep comfortably in our selective ignorance despite being faced with a reality that’s deeply uncomfortable because we think that we cannot be held accountable for our actions, at least not on a personal level.

“In this farewell, there’s no blood, there’s no alibi. Cause I've drawn regret from the truth of a thousand lies.”

If there’s anything that our work at Julie’s Bicycle is a constant reminder of, it’s that every choice we make, as individuals, as societies and as a species, matters. I’ve chosen this song because it emphasises that there’s no time like the present to reflect on our actions, take responsibility and re-envision our realities. “I'll face myself, to cross out what I've become, erase myself and let go of what I’ve done.” Too much time and effort has unsuccessfully gone into fixing a broken system because we’re afraid of what change might look like. It won’t be easy or convenient. But evolution is change, and we must evolve if we want to survive.

“For all I've done, I'll start again. And whatever pain may come, today this ends. I'm forgiving what I've done.”

The song ends on a positive note; hope. For as long as there’s hope, there’s a future. And this is why the lyrics resonate with me – they’re a reminder that however bleak the present may be, humanity is capable of perseverance, of transformation and of a future. As easy as it is to doubt, I choose to believe in our ability to come together as a community and deliver greatness that’s bigger than the sum of its parts.

After all that’s what our work at Julie’s Bicycle is all about.

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