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.
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.
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).
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.
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?