Environmentalist in Process & the Second Anniversary of MSU’s Recycling Center
Reflection: Here is an example of my development as an environmentalist in process. Over the past several years, the amount of garbage I put out for pick up has dwindled as the amount I take to recycling has increased. Here is one week’s garbage and recycling: The white basket is for garbage and the two black bins are for recycling. I’m not perfect, but I’m getting better. I have a long way to go before I completely get rid of that white basket. Then again, perfection (no waste) may go beyond what I am able or willing to pursue at this point in my life.
To think about ways to reduce your impact on the Earth, I recommend the book “No Impact Man” by Colin Beaven as well as the documentary movie based on his book. I heard Beaven speak at the Chicago Green Festival in May of 2011, and I was extremely impressed by his thoughtful approach to reducing his footprint upon the Earth. He is a humble person who gives his readers a lot to contemplate. For information about the book and Beaven’s work, go to http://www.colinbeavan.com/. For information about the movie go to http://www.noimpactdoc.com/index_m.php.
Copyright© 2011 by Paulette L. Stenzel for text and photo.