I don’t know about you, but I’ve been in a really funky mood recently. One of those “pull the covers over my head/I hate people/wish I was living off the grid” moods.
Considering that’s not my general take on life, I started thinking about why that’s been the pervading sense the last week.
Truth is, there’s a lot going on in the world these days that feels overwhelming. The oil spill being the most immediate and pervasive when it comes to the news. I’ve found myself wanting to shut out the images and just not think about it, because it makes me sad on a very deep level.
However, I can’t do that. Shutting down and giving in to anger, sadness or despair isn’t going to help anything or anyone. So, I figured I’d see what I might be able to do that might, in some small way, allow me to feel like I’m helping.
On 07.07.07, I made commitment during the Live Earth Concert Event. Since that day, I’ve used a reusable bag 99% of the time and I’ve only taken a plastic bag when I had no other option whatsoever. According to info here, Americans use (on average) 130 plastic bags a year. Which means, I’ve avoided using approximately 360 bags. It doesn’t seem like much, but I’m one person. If you think exponentially, that becomes significant.
Still, my passing on plastic bags does more to help reduce waste than to help the Gulf of Mexico. ;-)
Which leads to my question.
What 1 thing, no matter how small, can I change that might help reduce my need for oil? What one thing can you change?
Maybe it’ll help us all feel a little less…funky.