I mentioned in class already that this is probably my favorite week of the year! Not only do I get to challenge myself to live a lifestyle I believe in, but I get to learn about my students through their blogs and see their growth. I love reading these blogs. I find that I can relate to almost each adventure/mishap/accomplishment. And I really love the sense of community that comes with this project. You are all supporting each other and encouraging each other…and I just think it’s a very cool thing.
I also sense optimism in your posts and an air of possibility. This is refreshing, as a recent study claims that the millenial generation is less concerned about the environment than past generations. I hope that you carry the lessons from this week with you as you continue to examine your behaviors, lifestyles, and values and decide upon a path that you find meaningful. And, I hope that this week’s experience showed you that you are capable of creating change and making a difference.
Remember Colin’s words, “…whether it’s human nature or industrial systems that need to change, when it comes to saving the world, the real question is not whether I can make a difference. The real question is whether I am willing to try” (Beavan, p.68). Thank you for trying!
Beavan, C. (2009). No Impact Man: The adventures of a guilty liberal who attempts to save the planet and the discoveries he makes about himself and our way of life in the process. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.