Walking home from the grocery store on Saturday morning, I was positively giddy. I said to my husband, “don’t you feel so sustainable? Walking to the store for our food, not using any bags or gasoline.”
I walk to the grocery store more than I drive, but usually with my daughter and my dog. Rarely do I have the pleasure of my husband’s company, and when I do, I always hope that he’ll find the same satisfaction as I do in walking.
“I don’t feel sustainable. I feel cold.” (It’s freezing outside. The first snow of winter was today!)
“What? Why not?”
“I don’t see how it makes that much of a difference. It’s just a few minutes in the car. What’s the point in walking?” Men. Men! But I love him dearly.
“If everyone who lived within walking distance to a grocery store would walk instead of drive, think of the oil saved and the reduction in pollution. If no one used paper or plastic bags, think of the trees saved and the plastic never used. If everyone voted, we might have fair elections.”
“That’s true.” At least he hears me.
“You have to BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE in the world. Or else…what’s the point in living?”
What do you do to lead a sustainable life?
What do you do to be the change you want to see?