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.
No Impact was a bit harder on Day 4 than earlier this week. With the sunshine gone and such gloomy weather, it was hard to spend nearly as much time outside. I tried to keep the lights off while inside but had to turn them on earlier than I would have liked in order to stay awake.
As Day 3 of No Impact week begins to wind down, I find myself extremely grateful for the “ho-humminess” of today. Once again, a beautiful day has allowed me to spend hours outside enjoying the weather and consequently, lots of time socializing with friends doing real-life activities rather than staring at screens all day. When you put the phones away, you learn to appreciate the pace of real life.
I can’t imagine how much harder this week would be if greenies were not an option available here on Denison’s campus. Relying on the dining halls for meals would be nearly impossible due to the conflict of operating hours with my class schedule. When Slayter’s grab-and-go is the best you can do, greenies make the trip feel guilt-free.
I started out today with lots of optimism regarding this project and had several good ideas for this week that I felt would prepare me for some challenges I might encounter. I knew that this morning I would have to go to Curtis so as to avoid the waste that results from breakfast at Slayter. However, not 5 minutes into breakfast I was desperately looking for something besides a napkin to wipe my pants.