Even though No Impact week has come to an end, I intend on continuing my new reduced-impact behaviors for the remainder of the semester and I’m excited to bring these habits home for the summer. My mom is constantly upset with us for the amount of energy we use and she actually tracks our household energy use on a graph so I imagine she’ll be very pleased with my energy-conscious habits.
Reflecting on this week can be frustrating: its hard to know that, no matter how hard one tries to change their own habits for the greater good, others will continue to behave according to their own agendas. Seeing others throw garbage into the recycling makes your own efforts feel pointless, worthless even. What’s the point in recycling your own cans when you know that the whole batch will inevitably be discarded? This week has taught me the importance not of individual action but of individual intention. The diligence with which we maintain our behaviors that work towards our greater goals will not go unnoticed. Passion is powerful and I will carry the experiences from this week to continue to hopefully, eventually, somehow make a change in the attitudes of those I encounter. Thanks for a good week, and happy Earth Day, y’all.