I’m feeling a little peeved that I can’t avoid the crazy publicity stunt/train wreck that is the Republican ticket right now, I can’t even open Yahoo- I’m about to change my homepage. So many people seem to know and recognize that Palin is a bad choice, and yet she’s all the buzz across the country. What gives!? I was pretty excited to come to Alaska, because for some reason I thought people here would be very aware of the environment and be very into green things. There are a scattered few that are driving hybrids and forming a farmers market, but I was mostly disappointed. So many people have the attitude, (Palin included) “it’s Alaska- it’s so big, it can take it.” And it saddens me because people in general seem to think that about the earth, and it’s just not true.
Well, I am still hoping more people realize there are simple things that we can all do. I have come upon a few things that I have started doing, little things that make me feel like I’m doing my part. And I think a lot of them are easy things that everyone can do. That’s when it really starts making a big difference.
- bought a bike and ride it to work every day. And it’s much cheaper than paying for a car, insurance, gas and a gym payment!
- grabbed quite a few cloth grocery bags and use them when I walk to the store. And I get in some bicep curls and tricep lifts on the way home. I can’t wait to get home to my favorite bags, from Fresh & Easy!
- bought a Sigg bottle and a Pur filter. Sigg or Klean Kanteen metal containers and Pur or Britta filters can save you a lot of money on bottled water, get your water a great deal cleaner, and keep a lot of plastic bottles from the process of being made and recycled- or landfilled.
- Joel got me an aweseome reusable, washable hard plastic mess kit- I use it every day at work instead of plastic forks and paper plates. I don’t care when people make fun of it, I know they’re just jealous of my super sweet sporknife. Mine is made by Light my Fire, and was purchased at an REI type outdoor shop where they have lots of fun things like that.
- Okay, so this isn’t one that applies to everyone, but it does to my design friends. I started studying this week to become a LEED Accredited Professional. I heard a bit about LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) of course in school, but we didn’t talk much about the test, and I don’t know anyone who has taken it. I looked into it a little and downloaded a study guide (because I can’t afford the full $200 reference guide right now) and am starting to digest it all slowly. It’s taken me a week to read the study guide because the material, concepts, and equations involved are very complex. Then I found some forums where people are talking about failing after studying for a year- people who already have a Master’s, and significant project experience… So it’s a little more daunting than I could have imagined. But it’s something to work toward again, and I like that. I really care about the material, and enjoy learning about how we can make building more in sync with nature, and make life simpler and safer for everyone at the same time. It may take a while, but I’ll get there.
- And one cool thing I want when I get to put down roots (no pun intended) is the Aero Garden! It’s a really awesome little indoor garden that comes with seed packets for lettuces, herbs, and spices. I love fresh herbs and have started using them more for flavoring meals than butter and condiments. I am jealous of my mom’s garden! She has bell peppers, jalepenos, serranos, and some other veggies- I can’t wait! One red bell pepper here is $4.50! And I could eat at least a pepper a day. Kim & Dave have a great little collection of herbs too, and a beautiful patio area. (I guess I’m just drooling over any little bit of space that doesn’t have 30 people crawling though it all the time.) I can’t wait to have our own little area to ourselves- its like living in a crowded hostel here. Oh well, many people in the world have no idea what its like to live with two people per household. Whenever I start to get soft, I just spend I night on the glacier, and then I’m happy to have a bathroom to wait in line for.