Every year for Earth Day, I give up a bad habit, some indulgence I love, for my good old friend, the Earth.
It’s like Lent for me and the Earth is Jesus, except the earth never gives me an Easter, resurrection, or the day I can finally go back to my old self again. It’s rough, but somehow I manage in giving these up permanently.
This year, I’ve decided to
give up some of the water when I’m washing dishes. I don’t have a dishwasher so usually I fill my sponge with soap, turn on the hot water, start scrubbing and then rinsing. I like to have the water flowing the whole time, because, well, it’s nice and I like the sound and it seems cleaner and frankly I have no idea. So I’m going to give the dishes a little hot water, turn it off, scrub all of them til they’re ready for rinsing. Some how, this seems worse than giving up diet Coke, but I’m going to try this Earth Day.
On past years, I’ve
- limited my meat intake to only 3 meals a week. Not ’cause I love the animals so much, but more because they take so many freakin’ resources to eat them.
- turned off the water while I was brushing my teeth.
- changed all my lightbulbs to those new twisty ones that require less energy.
- made myself walk any place that was only a mile away.
- used only cloth bags for grocery shopping.
- not flushed the toilet every time I peed. (I know a little gross.)
- started recycyling the easy stuff (read: paper)
- started recycling the hard stuff (read: anything that requires rinsing)
First of all, these might not seem hard, but I like things easy and usually anything other than what I am doing is not easy. Secondly, I know that I don’t really make that much, or any, difference on my own, but I’m a Mormon and I think sacrifice, even quite small, means something. Plus it gives me some focus, a little meaning and purpose to my living as a consumer. Eventually, these accumulate as good habits.
All this to say, I like the earth. You like the earth. Give up something for it this year.