So-as I mentioned in class, Colin begins to ask some heavy questions in the book. He writes, “What if we don’t really understand this ‘I’ and what its true purpose is? What if we kill the planet filling our desires and then discover that that’s not what we were here for? Isn’t this worth stopping to figure out?”
Yesterday was my worst day. Today seems a lot better. In fact, I don’t think I’ve created any waste today! I haven’t used lights and I’ve only had my computer on for a few hours today. So, I’m hoping to stay positive and keep on course, because yesterday was a disaster. It seemed like every time I let my mind wander from the project, I made a mistake.
I thought we had some great conversations today about progress and our personal responsibility in shaping what we see as progress. I’m reminded of three things this morning as I consider this: 1) A student in class the other day said that without technology he would not have been able to email me over the weekend about a paper due on the upcoming Monday.
I sound like a broken record (and am just realizing not all of you have listened to a record so I hope that made sense), but seriously food is the hardest part of this week for me. As Claire can attest, eating local can mean a serious adjustment to your diet. Even though I planned last week for local food, my meals this week look worrisome.
I really thought this would be so easy by now. You would think with this being my (probably) 6th attempt at a No Impact Week, I would be a pro. So it saddens me to say that I already have trash! It happened like this: I woke up cheery ready to face the challenge of No Impact.
I typically engage in No Impact Week (NIW) during the 14th week of class. I feel this gives students enough time during the semester to be able to understand what it means to live sustainably, to try it as an exercise, and then to reflect on it briefly before the end of the semester. This means that NIW during the spring semester ALWAYS falls on my birthday week…but it also happens to be Earth Week!
I used to be a non-pet person for a lot of reasons that I won’t get into here. Anyway, this all changed in April when we adopted Paco from the Humane Society (Licking County has a great one). We had been talking about adopting a dog for a few months-actually almost a year- when we finally found Paco.
I think day 1 was an overall success for me. Granted, I have been doing this for three years now. So, I think with time, this does get easier. Still, it’s not easy enough to do every day (and thus, we only have to do it for a week!). That being said, I was still surprised by the way my night without lights unfolded.
Day 1: The good and bad
I’ll start with the bad: I am struggling to stay awake right now and it is only 3:30pm! I feel like I need to hold open my eyelids to complete this blog (I’m only slightly exaggerating). I did not realize how much my daily morning ritual of caffeine has affected my physical body.