It feels like this week went much faster than I expected! It definitely provided some good opportunities to discuss environmental sustainability with others who probably wouldn’t otherwise consider it. However I did have a telling interaction yesterday highlighting the general disconnect between our actions and our impact:
Friend: Pass me a napkin?
Me: It’s Earth Day.
Friend: That’s nice. I need a fresh napkin.
Interactions like highlight the mentality of most people who put their own personal needs before anything else. It seems to me however, that if the well-being of the Earth is at stake, maybe our personal needs are not the first priority.
After this week I plan to continue to make an effort to produce as little waste as possible, take quick showers, and eat locally. I look forward to continuing this throughout the summer!