So far, so good. I have been feeling great about the changes I have made to my daily routines, and I have constantly found myself being conscientious about what I can do to make an impact (or lack thereof) this week.
One issue, however, that I have come across many a time, is dealing with friends and their decisions. It seems that everywhere I go, my friends or acquaintances make choices that are definitely not to “No Impact” standards. My best friend came to the library with a hot Slayter coffee, and my stomach immediately dropped…”but Kate,” I thought to myself “it’s Earth Day and you have a coffee mug in your dorm room!” It reminds of the situation Colin Beavan is faced with in his book “No Impact Man.” He writes, “I walked away down Fourteenth Street. Stopped at the red light on the corner of Third Avenue is a guy in a BMW. Anger washes over me. And self-righteousness. This idiot is guzzling oil and pumping carbon into the air in the middle of a city that has wonderful public transportation, my mind tells me.” Like me, Colin is surrounded by people who are either ignorant about the state of the Earth or are just flat out don’t care!
I have always been aware of my anxious personality, but this week, it has certainly proven to be worse than normal. I kindly remind friends of the ways they can help reduce waste and “help the Earth,” but it seems like a perpetual struggle. Any suggestions? Should I just focus on what I can do individually?
oh, and happy Earth Day!