The end of No Impact Week definitely delivered on its promise of reflective, life-changing shifts in habits…some of which I think I may have to keep. I won’t go too much into it, but I found myself thinking about what the project means in the scheme of things. The most important aspect of this project is the agency it excites in those who go through it; everything about it encourages choices, adaptations, and selective thinking as well as causing reflection that only causes more choices based on the behavior of those who aren’t going through the same experiment.
This morning definitely set me back a little more than I had anticipated, this being the second to last day.
My Art History class, a class of five, meets in the Senior Seminar room in Bryant; a room with an entire cabinet devoted to snacks for anyone using the room for class or studying. Combine this with a lack of breakfast and you have a murder scene of empty granola bar wrappers, a plastic cover of those disturbingly orange peanut butter crackers our mothers used to pack in our lunches, and all of this carnage on top of a paper plate.
Everything has been going fairly well today. Still no meat, no paper towels, a darkened room, etc…
However, I have been wondering about our conversation today in class and in lab about progress and what role we play in it. Looking around and seeing most everyone with a phone on the table, a laptop sticking out of their backpack, many times brand name clothes…I began thinking about how much advertising as an industry has played a role in our lives.
Today moved much more smoothly than yesterday, thankfully, however I found myself thinking about energy in particular. I’ve been much smarter about my energy use this week and feel good habits starting to take root, particularly with using electricity during the day when there’s more than enough natural light. One thing that I did last night that I felt was a better option than plugging my lamp in was use a booklight to do my reading.
In typical fashion, I told myself all weekend that I was going to be present and aware of everything that was going on around me so I didn’t accidentally waste something or break any of my goals and, being completely absent-minded, I went completely against myself. Okay so I’m not self-flagellating for using three napkins at lunch because I did watch myself and made sure to have a healthy, filling meal that didn’t include meat.