Unfortunately, today was probably the worst of my No Impact Week — but I also expected it to be. I had to drive to Newark to get a vaccine for my study abroad trip at 8:00am, and then drive to the farm I go to for my Sustainable Agriculture class at 1:15. These were unavoidable, but it still felt awful driving and using fossil fuels when I know how much it impacts, in addition to it just being totally counter to this week.
Despite this though, I tried to make the rest of the day better. In anticipation for the farm, I skipped a shower this morning and instead took one after I got back from working instead of taking two showers. I spent the majority of the day outside, either collecting signatures to help my roommate (We’re trying to make equitable access, especially for those with physical long and short-term disabilities, a priority at Denison — if you’re interested in supporting this, let me know!) or working on the farm; it was a beautiful day and it felt so good to be outside enjoying it. I also managed to stay off my laptop for the majority of the day by using public computers during the day and then taking a nice, long nap in the evening (before I go to work at midnight); this helped me to both relax and use less electricity, so it was a win-win! Furthermore, I continued finding vegetarian, somewhat local, unprocessed foods to eat and I’ve found I really enjoy eating this way. While I do miss cookies and juice and whatnot, the whole diet change isn’t nearly as bad as I had anticipated. I will probably continue eating like this for at least part of my diet after this project.
I hope everyone’s week continues to go well!