Many customs required time and insistence to change. For example, I used to open light for the whole day. Only today I thought of something, I turned off the light in the day. In order to achieve no impact, what I should do is not only to reduce energy or save resources but have the sense to change many basic behavior.
Although I had a little bit of a rough start this morning, I thought today ended up going rather well. I was able to enjoy the beautiful weather and just relax. This week will be one to remember, and I have picked up on (good) habits that I plan on continuing. I have noticed that I pay more attention to what is around me rather than having a one-set mind on what I am going to do the next minute.
Reflecting on this week, overall it went well. Perhaps my day of greatest consumption was today for two reasons: I went to Whisler this morning to (ok tmi) get warts frozen that are on my feet, and that was really painful (because I later found out I have an infection and now have to take antibiotics) anyhow because of the pain I needed to take the elevator to get to different floors, which is quite the waste of energy.
Wrapping up my No Impact Week, I’d say I’ve had a semi decent go at it. I didn’t end up with as many articles of trash as I thought I would, which is a positive. In my trash bag, I only had about eleven items of trash, which was under my goal for the week. Granted I did throw away a small percentage of my trash away in other places, it was still a positive for me.
Well, I still only have my trash from this morning…and don’t plan on creating anymore waste today. Even though I did not meet my trash goals, I still felt pretty good about my overall accumulation, which was probably 1/4-1/3 of what it is in a normal week. Imagine if I did this more, that would save so much waste, and by default, so much consumption of resources.
Even more, I keep thinking about our conversation in class and how this project could have ripple effects that go beyond our class and immediate surroundings.
Today was good except for one big exception. I drove my car! My friend asked if I could help her go pick up three cakes and I said yes. It did not seem like a good idea for two girls to try to carry three cakes up the hill. So, I caved and drove my car.
I started the day off doing very well, but then lunch came. I went to the convocation and the participated in the demonstration after. My friend and I walked to Huffman, but it ended up being closed because they are getting ready for Aestavalia (not sure how you spell it). So I had to surrender to Slayter.
It’s the last day of No Impact Week and I have done pretty well even though I have to blog earlier. this morning I woke up and turned off the power strips that I used during the night to charge my phone for the day and kept my lights off. My roommates are starting to get on the same page with me on turning the lights off when we don’t need them.
No Impact week is coming to a wrap and I have to say I don’t think I did as well as I could have. Coming into the week, I had underestimated how much differently I would have to behave to really meet all the goals I had made. However, I still feel happy about participating in this project, even if it be for only a week.
Quick Showers: Yes
Low Energy Use: No
No Trash: Nope
Did I eat meat: Yes
Reusable bottle: Yes
Today I created a little bit more trash than yesterday. I used a paper towel and opened a granola bar. I also watched the Raptors v. Bucks playoff game on a big flat screen in my halls common room, while also charging my computer.