Monday, October 15, 2007
Blog action day
I doubt my parents realize it, but it's their fault that I consider myself an environmentalist.
I doubt they were thinking in environmental terms when they took me on hikes on the weekends and in the summer. Or when they planned vacations to mountains and rustic lakeshores and other naturally scenic places. It probably was more for economic reasons than anything else that they shopped almost every weekend at the local farmer's market. Or took me to actual farms to pick apples and strawberries and cherries. Or that we mostly only ate fruit and veggies that were in season. And it was mainly because of convenience, or maybe a sense of civic responsibility, that they started recycling as soon as our town started a recycling program.
But whatever their reasons, they did all of these things, and I watched and learned from their example. Most of all, I learned that we may not be able to solve the big problems, but we can all do little things that just might help out.
So today, my environmentalism is "small environmentalism". Because that's what I know how to do best. So I recycle and go to my local farmer's market and try to eat "locally" and "in season". I bring my own mug to coffee shops, and my own bags to stores. I walk when I can and consolidate driving trips when I can't. I compost. I've started to consider packaging when I buy something (I don't always do great with this, but I'm trying).
Some people say that saving the environment or stopping climate change is too hard. Maybe so. Maybe in the end small things won't matter. But I like to think that every little bit helps. And so I keep doing what I'm doing and hope that what I do will inspire others to do the same. Baby steps to a better planet.