Preserving to Prevent Poverty

My first realization that I experienced this week was that this class is only a four week class, when this whole time i’ve been thinking it was eight weeks… but more importantly I realized how much of a consumer I actually am. I took the online test to calculate my habits and noticed how many resources I take advantage of. My results told me that I needed to eat less meat, fly economy, and recycle more cans. I’m a pretty routine oriented person. I wake up, take a ten minute shower then I head into the living room and watch netflix while I eat breakfast and get ready. Then I rush out the door to catch the bus because (1)I don’t have a parking permit for any of the on campus locations and because (2)I really don’t feel like walking twenty five minutes to class at 7:30 in the morning. This may seem like a pretty simple routine but when I started to think about it, I noticed a few things I could do differently to do my part in contributing to the planet’s well being. I could take shorter showers, and not start the shower until I get in. I could use more natural lighting to get ready rather than turn on all the lights in my living room. I could ride a bike to class instead of riding the bus every day. These are just a couple of things I considered changing in my routine after I realized how much I actually consume on a daily basis. I started to think about how much the world would benefit if we just changed a few simple details in our lives.
So far I have really enjoyed hearing everyone’s unique perspectives and ideas on how to progress towards a more sustainable way of living. It’s amazing how a group of teenagers can discuss for a few hours and come up with practical theories to better our daily habits. One thing that really stands out to me is how once everyone kind of wakes up a little, we all seem so eager to fix the problem that we are addressing at that moment. It’s in our nature to want to repair what’s been broken, and I love that. This weekend I was beginning to write my blog and I decided to spend some time reflecting on poverty. It’s crazy to me how if I were to go up to a random stranger and ask “If you had the opportunity to reduce poverty, would you?”, the majority would say yes, but here’s the thing… we all have the opportunity. It’s simple. It seems that our society looks at poverty as a money issue, but that’s not always the case. A lot of it has to do with how we take care of the environment. Something I didn’t think about before this week was that poverty is a result of voicelessness. Everything would work out better for everyone if we would just adjust our lives a little and put forth a little effort. With all of that said, I can’t wait to hear all of the insightful ideas for week four (our last week might I add)!!!


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