Lately I have found myself pondering the realities of the carbon footprint my own family is leaving on the world. It is unbelievable what a consumer culture we live in today (thanks for the reminder, Spider42 and for the push that motivated me to write on this topic (I have been thinking about it for a while).
It is a bit crazy how much waste my own family of four generates on a daily basis (let alone the weekly pile up). Between plastic bottles, sandwich bags, yogurt containers, shampoo bottles, and milk cartons (to name only a few) we are personally well on our way to creating a mountain of toxic mess. Then I start to account for our electronic waste and the list continues to grow…. old computers, rotten batteries, random plugs that go to electronics that no longer function, old cellphones, etc. What are we to do with all of these things? As long as we are purchasing them, does it matter that we try to be responsible with their disposal? (We do recycle plastic bottles, placing them in bins daily).
I do not have any answers here, and my family is definitely not the type to lead a crusade of radical lifestyle changes….. I just wonder if it is time to be more aware. Do we need to really look at what we are consuming and the effects that our personal choices have on the environment? I think we do need this awareness. Therefore, this is what I am thinking…. that I will dedicate one week (June 10th to June 16th) of my blog to looking at the carbon footprint my family is currently leaving on the world. For that one week, I will list and photograph every non-biodegradable item we are throwing away. As we empty our garbage two to three times a day, I do not really fully understand our weekly pile-up – I think it is time to come to terms with it. Perhaps I will find out that we are not as bad as we thought?
Is anyone out there in cyberspace interested in joining me? Will you dedicate your blog to understanding the carbon footprint we are leaving on this earth? Will you record the waste your family produces in that one week in June? Together we can learn.
Today, 267 days ’til 40, I am keenly aware of the fact that my choices have an impact on the environment around me. While I cannot promise to change my habits, I believe that awareness is a critical step in personal growth. Our children will inherit earth from us – what condition will we leave it in for them???