So, I actually googled "holiday list" on Wednesday, trying to anticipate the upcoming SPT topic. My eyes scanned right past earth day and planted instead on April 28th..."Kiss Your Mate" day. So there I was planning the capture of the perfect camera-worthy smooch, but...no luck. Well, I do still plan on a bit of Saturday kissing, but in the meantime, my mind was forced to move to less familiar territory.
Reading through the list of SPT prompts was daunting (and somewhat shameful, I'll admit). I don't recycle, am horrified at the thought of reusing ziplocs, drive a gas-guzzling SUV, am more horrified at the thought of "gently used" wearables, don't have a library card, and avoid thrift stores.
So, I took this Ecological Footprint quiz. If everyone lived like me, we would need 2.1 planets. Apparently.
I hope Grandma Hulsey isn't reading this. The woman is Jim's grandma, and she is honestly amazing. She has a wash basin in her kitchen sink so no water goes down the drain. When the basin fills, that "gently used" water is taken outside to water plants. Nothing wasted. And this example only taps the surface of her conservation. I grew up reckless and pretty much unaware. She grew up in a place where if the water ran out, well, it actually could & did run out...so you save it. What a thought. It strikes me that we've become a society of imagined limitless resources. And here I am in a desert, watering my lawn twice a day, running my dishwasher every other and doing about 6 loads of laundry a week....oh, not to mention the fact that my air conditioner is used from March to October. And, no, I don't do anything above 78 degrees.
So, what now?
After the quiz, I clicked on the "What can I do?" section of the site. It frightened me. Eat less meat? Drive less? Nix the air conditioner?
So, I went to Lelly's Earth Day link & was thrilled to find one "I already do that!" Plant an herb garden with your children. This IS some green in my life that does bring me great joy. I grew my first herbs last year. And the thrill of walking a few steps for fresh basil was, well...honestly, it leaves me speechless and nearly teary. My basil grew abundantly. The cilantro was a little sparse. Rosemary, I used often. Chives, too.
And then we went on a few little trips & poof! my herbs were gone. I've been waiting for spring to try this again. And so SPT spurred me forward in this delight.
We planted basil & flowers on Monday. SPT done.
Then...today we went to the zoo and I had to snap the leftovers of their Earth Day celebration...plus a partial me at one of about a trillion recycle cans.
Amy in the embryonic stages of recycle
I'm hoping to be inspired in this foreign Green arena by fellow bloggers today. Looking for baby steps to inspire beyond the embryonic. Perhaps we'll try to accustom ourselves to 80 degrees this summer. I suppose it would be a start...for both the planet & my SRP bill.