When we consider the overall picture when it comes to environment and the role we play in it, processing all the information can be overwhelming. Climate change! Pollution! Endangered species! How can we have any significance when there are issues that relate on such a global level?
Well, consider a first step. Why not think about it on an individual level? Where do you live and what do you notice? What can you easily do to make a difference?
In Seattle, there seems to be some easy options:
Plastic water bottles—don’t use more than one. Just refill it if you don’t already have your fancy, sporty water bottle. Our own University of Washington boasts an impressive number of water bottle refilling stations. There is no need to buy another plastic bottle.
And speaking of containers, why not bring your favorite coffee cup to your favorite coffee shop? (You might as well be at home!) And splurge on a sturdy shopping bag so you don’t have to purchase one each shopping trip (and find a way of disposing it). Also, why not spend a little extra time being conscientious when you shop? Consider wasteful packaging and whether the products you pay for have a consideration for environmental and ethical issues.
Walk. That is self-explanatory. If you have that option, why not take it? Exercise exertion vs. fuel consumption—which would ultimately benefit you in the end?
Use your bike. Seattle’s respect to the bicyclist community should be commended. The Pronto bicycle service is available in the ID, and the city seems to be making a commitment to improving bicycle lanes and making Seattle one of the most bicyclist-friendly cities in the nation. Why not take advantage of the bicycle instead of fuel? FYI: May is Bike Month and “Bike to Work Day” is May 15.
Exercise your legs instead of the fuel pump. (end)