Today I spent most of the time outside with the track team. We didn’t use much energy besides the field lights than were turned on after the sunset at the meet. I also ate pizza for dinner, but we made sure to recycle the box that it came in. I ended up not having very much trash in my personal trash can because I made the extra effort to recycle the paper and aluminum products that I normally would have thrown away.
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.
I woke up today excited that No Impact Week was almost over. Just a few more hours, I said to myself. Thinking more about it I realized that it isn’t over and is far from over. We cannot change our habits for one week and go back to our normal lives like nothing ever happened. To me, the whole idea of this project will be defeated if we did that.
Today was the last official day of No Impact Week and what a week it was. Some days were harder than others, some days seemed to fly by some lasted for eternity but all in all we did it. We have done something not many people can say they have done. It wasn’t for glory or money, but rather to see the error in our wasteful culture.
man that stupid dinner party thing messed up my day. not only did they run out of the mugs which i wanted to use to hold things, why would they only have 500 hundred… anyway i flt down and actually had to eat there since the actual halls were closed and had to use a paper plate… what a way to close a week of no waste
After this week I learned more about how much waste I produced and how much energy I have been using. It has been a humbling experience nonetheless and I learned how to appreciate the Earth and its resources more. Although I personally believe that things would have been a bit easier if we had started to do this earlier, a week is enough for us to step back and see how sustainable we ae in preserving Earth’s resources.
Nothing to exciting happened today so I thought I would use my last post to talk about how no impact week affected me.
The biggest thing it learned was to be more aware of my actions. I now have a reason to try and be more sustainable we’re as before I didn’t care at all. I think learning about what being sustainable is was the key to starting to live no impact.
We have finally made it to the last day of no impact week! Although my goals were small, I stuck with most of them throughout the whole week.
1. Not eating meat. This was definitely easier than I thought. I typically don’t have that much meat in my diet, so excluding it completely was a very achievable goal.
Nice work everyone we pushed through this week together. Even though a majority of us cheated only a little bit, we conserved a lot of energy whether you realize it or not. Also, this week allowed us to talk with many of our friends and try to convince them to work with us. Some joined and some ignored us and called us crazy, like my friends.
I have had a great week and I am grateful to Dr. Aguilar for giving me this task. I wouldn’t have ever thought about spending a week like this, ever in my life otherwise. I have learnt a lot from this week and it has made me more aware about the importance of our environment.