I woke up this morning and was feeling pretty bummed because I hadn’t planned anything special to celebrate Earth Day. I started to feel guilty about how much I’ve used disposable diapers this month and how I have two separate car trips planned today that could have been consolidated into one if I’d done any sort of planning. I was feeling like a pretty terrible wannabe-tree-hugger. Noel and I were discussing my disappointment as he got ready for work and he said something like, “You know, a lot of people think that being environmentally friendly means driving a Prius or putting solar panels on their roof and so they just don’t do anything. While those things are awesome, the thing that would make the most difference is if everyone just did a little something more everyday.” I thought about that as he drove our car away to work so he could fill the trunk with free compost. (What, doesn’t your employer give away free compost on Earth Day?) I may feel like I’ve failed sometimes because we still haven’t followed through on our goal to compost or because I just can’t get into a habit of using cloth diaper wipes, but I am doing some things. Already today I’ve saved four diapers from the landfill and eaten leftovers for lunch even though I really wanted to just go pick up fast food. And hopefully the feelings of disappointment that come and go will keep pushing me to make baby steps of improvement. Realistically all any of us can do is start where we’re at and try to be a little better. Over the next five days we’re going to share some of the things we’ve learned and would love for you to jump in with any of your own ideas or experiences.
Also, we thought it would be kind of fun to do a little giveaway. (And maybe test the readership of this here blog . . .) I’m going to be giving away a set of my reusable bowl covers.
Simply leave a comment on this post sharing a small thing you do to be more Eco-conscious by Thursday night. Friday I’ll select a winner at random and make an announcement on our final “Earth Week” post. If you’ve never left a comment on our little blog before, now’s the time to reveal yourself 🙂