There is a LOT to learn about the environment to complete this project. Before I start learning it all, it’s time for some more stock-taking. It seems to make sense to do a brief assessment of what I know best: My own habits. Are my everyday behaviors harming the planet, even as I resolve to protect it? Could I stop myself even if I wanted to?
Must I really face this embarrassing question:
Am I an Environmental Hypocrite?
If so, can I legitimately purport to be making a positive impact overall, despite my individual negative impact?
Ok, time to come clean (pun! See, the environment can be funny.). Scrutinize my own behaviors through an environmental lens. After just a shallow dip into the world of personal accountability for the environment, I must conclude that I am, indeed, not exactly living what I might end up preaching.
Without any research, I already know it’s not in the best interests of the planet that I:
Ouch. A bit painful to see it all laid out like that. But now you know the worst about me. And I might have a sense of where to start. But wait! The goal is to make the biggest possible positive impact on the environment. Maybe I can do that even without changing my filthy personal habits. Must look further.