This week has flown by and has taught me a lot. I realized how simple it can be to cut back on meat consumption (dairy not so much). I had meat 1 out of the 5 days, which is about 4 less days than I normally would. I took shorter showers and carpooled to golf. Unfortunately, I think I had an overall negative impact on the environment due to the amount of time using lights and my computer. But I definitely cut back tremendously on my normal consumption. This week may have been a small negative impact on the environment on my part, but it has had a big positive impact for myself. I greatly enjoyed reflecting on my days and learned a lot about my habits. I think I can take what I have learned about myself and change a few of the negative habits. Another side-effect occurred when I was talking with my parents about the week.
Prior to this week, my family has leased out land on our farm to conventional farmers. My father and I had a long discussion about the direction we could take our farm in North Carolina. I explained how important sustainability is with my Dad and one thing led to another. My Dad eventually agreed with me about sustainability and he now has found a Professor at Warren Wilson College that wants to grow food sustainably on our land. We are also putting in solar panels to take the farm completely off the grid. This was a big side-effect from the week and I think the ripples that Dr. Aguilar mentioned about turned into a wave in my family.