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Day 5: The Final Countdown

The end of this NI week is sight!  This week has been an eye-opening, challenging, and thought-provoking experience.  I really enjoyed class today because I liked hearing about my other classmates’ experiences, struggles, feats, and insights.  If I were Colin, I would have had a tough time doing this because, besides his wife and daughter, he was pretty much doing this alone. 

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Day 4 and “The Story of Stuff”

Hello!  I was pleasantly surprised that in my Women’s Studies class today we watched “The Story of Stuff.” I found it incredibly fitting that my class watched it during my own No Impact Week because it is a helpful reminder about my own consumption (and beyond).  (I wonder how much of an impact this video had on Colin Beaven…)  I know we discussed it in class before embarking on our NI adventure, but it is always interesting to watch that video because it really conceptualizes things for me. 

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Day 3: Reflecting on the Lack of “Ho-Hum”

The sun did not shine much this morning and early afternoon (i.e. not much natural light), so this meant that if I wanted to be good and reduce my energy use, I should study in the library (where the lights are always on) instead of studying in my room (where the lights are only on if my roommate Aprile and I are in the room). 

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Day 2 and Treading on the Hedonic Treadmill

As Day 2 of No Impact comes to a close, the real No Impact Man’s idea of the hedonic treadmill comes to mind.  I believe I did a lot better today than I did yesterday (in terms of unplugging my fan, avoiding using paper towels and napkins, and eating each meal at Slayter).  Even thought I did much better, the treadmill idea comes to mind because I am very aware of how much convenience and pleasure-seeking motives come into play and often rank higher in priority than being environmentally conscious.

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Day 1: A few struggles, but things are looking up…

Today is the day we embark on the No Impact journey.  Unfortunately, I am not off to the best start.  As I mentioned in my comment to Oliver’s post from last night, I neglected to unplug my fan that I keep running each day (and night).  I know what some of you are thinking:  Why, Whitney, do you think it is necessary to keep a fan going 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? 

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