I chose to write my first blog post on personal change. This is the first environmental class I have taken at the College, and it really opened my eyes to how simple it could be to make an effort to live more sustainably. I understand that this is an also very complex process, but there are some simple, run of the mill, things I could be doing daily that, in the long run and with everyone combined, can make a huge difference.
First, I am trying to start actively recycling. If I am honest, I did not recycle one bit before this class. I didn’t grow up recycling, therefore when i moved out it never really came to mind. It is an adjustment, and the main struggle I have had is just simply remembering. Remembering not to just throw everything in the trash can- if I can get that part down, I honestly think it will not be a struggle. This helps the environment and our community by saving energy- large amounts of energy.
Second, I have been working on saving water. I began doing this a few months ago after taking global health. Before, I would run the water while I was brushing my teeth, washing dishes, and etc. Then I realized I had the water running, going straight down the drain and not even using it, for five minutes at a time. It instantly made me think of the West African women walking 5 and 6 hours for water, seen in the Gallery Walk, and I knew I needed to be more water conscious. This is better for our environment, and our society, by simply conserving water to ensure that we are not being beyond wasteful and ungrateful for such a vital resource. So far, I have done very well. I will definitely stick with this sustainable goal, and encourage my family members do so as well. We shouldn’t take clean water for granted, considering we practically pay nothing for it, we should be beyond grateful.
Lastly, and I haven’t tried this yet but have thought out briefly, is solar energy panels. Our local electric company offers incentives and a payout option, that I would need more details on, for buying solar panels for your home. Not only will this benefit our environment by using renewable energy, but it applies to the consumer in large amounts too. One struggle with living sustainable is that humans always need to know how it benefits them. One large benefit to solar panels is your electric bill dropping to sometimes as low as your water bill. I don’t know about you, but getting that summer time electric bill as low as my water bill would make me want to live a more sustainable life forever! All jokes aside, this incentive is a great way to push people to live a more sustainable lifestyle that I will definitely be looking into.
I would love to hear some of your personal changes, and any feedback or advice you had on mine. Thanks for reading!