No Impact Man Reflection Essay
Before I read this book, I thought it was going to be a load of crap. I was probably the least environmentally concerned person ever. I actually got a little upset and thought people were silly when they made decisions based simply on what’s best for the environment. I was convinced that the interest of people was much more important, and that if the planet’s needs contradicted my own…tough luck for the Earth. I didn’t recycle unless it was more convenient. I didn’t buy recycled anything (I still limit it because of BPA, however.) And I didn’t dream of ever being the person who used reusable products instead of disposable unless it saved me money in some way.
I must say that this annoying little man and his spoiled wife surprised me. They swayed me. As soon as I read the chapter about how much trash he accumulated throughout the week, and how he only used that stuff for a few minutes before tossing it… something clicked in me. I literally put down my book, went to work, and didn’t produce trash unless I didn’t have a choice. I used my reusable water bottle all day instead of constantly getting a new plastic cup from the soda machine. When lunch came, I used a ceramic plate and silver fork instead of plastic everything. This was the first time I had ever really cared about the environment as an adult. The last time I cared was when I was forced to get out of the car by my parents after tossing a fast food soda cup out the window. They pulled over and made me go get the cup and throw it in the trash. At that age, I still believed that every time I littered, the Earth cried. Seriously. But as an adult, I am a vegan for about a year now and I used that as my trump card whenever some annoying liberal accused me of being callus to the planet’s needs.
Now I am actually worried about the environment. Or, more specifically, I don’t want to be wasteful. I am not saying that recycling is the best choice (it uses a lot of energy as well,...
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