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Like many people of our generation, I know that looking after our planet is of utmost importance. Although we’re yet to see many large businesses and those in positions of power take social responsibility for fighting climate change the way they should, I also know that we as individuals can still play a role in encouraging more sustainable living.
The Internet is full of well-intentioned suggestions and advice on eco-friendly living. However, as with many things in this day and age, it’s clear that this advice is tailored primarily for non-disabled people. It’s rare that chronic illness in particular becomes part of this narrative, and rarer still that the advice on offer takes into account the unique challenges our community can face.
The simple fact of the matter is that even with all the good intentions in the world, there are dozens of barriers that can make living more sustainably particularly challenging for chronically ill people. Because of this, I think it’s incredibly important for non-disabled people to be an ally: open to learning about these obstacles and acknowledging that the ‘solution’ to these, if one exists, will look different for every individual.