In my youth, I never once stopped to think about the environment, never really even
cared, to be completely honest. Up until this class it was just some idea that I thought
only crazy people concerned themselves with. I would question who in the world had
time for such things, then continue about my daily duties. I never
knew what we were really doing to the environment behind the scenes.
Carbon foot printing was a foreign concept in my mind. I had no idea that
I could make any sort of serious impact on a world that is full of polluters and
people who don’t care about such things. Then one day it dawned on me while I was
doing an interview with Anand Sankey, director of maintenance at Western Michigan
University, just how bad we were harming the environment. He explained to me the
concept of sustainability and made it easy for me to understand the whole premise
of going green and the positive effects it could have on the environment. I was both
shocked and disturbed by his estimation of the amount of pollution that we are putting
into the atmosphere.
After that conversation, I started doing some serious thinking about my impact on pollution,
and wondering if there was anyway I could make a difference. What I inevitably realized
is that although my contribution might not be that big on my own, if I cut down my
pollution maybe others would follow and together our combined efforts might make
more of a difference. I sadly couldn’t convince many to try to make the necessary
changes with me, and after a while even I started falling back into the routine of
using more than I needed.
It wasn’t until I put together a slide show project for this class on community
gardens that I realized I needed to once again try to cut down on my own polluting
emissions. I know that alone it will be hard for me to make a difference, and I realize
the frustration of that idea for most people. Why do something if the outcome isn’t going to make much of a difference?
is if enough people were educated about the problem maybe more would be inclined
to do something about it. If you can educate just one person and make such an impact
that they start to make changes in their life, then you’ve succeeded in doing your
part to help the environment and make mother Earth a better place for future generations.
The point I’m trying to make is that doing something is better than doing nothing,
and every little bit helps. If enough people just decided that even if it only helped
a little bit they would do their part, then collectively they could make a difference.
I have had many ups and downs over the course of working this environmental beat,
but I feel like the experience was worth it. I now know that unless more
is done and we all chip in, the future looks grim for our planet and our own future