It's a beautiful sunny warm day outside - the perfect day to celebrate Earth Day. Earth Day, to me, is about honoring our responsibility to the Earth's human and non-human inhabitants and natural systems, past , present and future. This year, I'm not celebrating Earth Day in any organized fashion. But I am celebrating in my own independent way. Let's call it PNW style.
After doing some online calculators at myfootprint.org and stopglobalwarming.org (join the virtual march), I decided I really needed to do something big about my resource use.
So, I just finished offsetting my and Business Man's carbon emissions by making a $150 donation to carbonfund.org. I took some time to use their calculator and estimate our emissions (cars, miles, electricity, natural gas) based on our (paper-less) bill histories.
Later this afternoon, I will swing by S's house and pick through the leftovers from the Naked Ladies clothing swap that I missed this week. Anything that isn't claimed will go to Goodwill. Then I will head over to our wonderful local cooperative grocery (I'm a member) and buy some bulk foods, organic produce, and local milk and yogurt in reusable containers. Then Princess Pup and I are going for a hike and rejoice in the wonders of springtime in the woods. This evening Business Man and I will cook dinner, composting the remains. Then I'll do some laundry in our energy efficient washer and hang most of the clothes to dry.
I have mixed feelings about my environmental responsibility score-card. Sometimes when I go to other people's houses (not yours, Chica) I feel very virtuous when I see the amount of waste. But then I think about what I could, relatively easily, do better. I could take shorter showers, bike or bus to school, and stop printing out journal articles to read. I try to remind myself that no one is perfect and that the work I do is pretty applied to natural resource issues. But on Earth Day, I find myself wondering whether I should be celebrating or pushing hard towards change. I think a bit of both are in order for me, and I know the world needs to join me.