My office is having a “No Impact Week” this week. What is a “no impact week?” It is a one-week carbon cleanse and trying to live with as little impact as possible on the environment. If you’re like me who loves all the modern conveniences, then it’s going to be hard. But I’ll give it a try. I have always believed that the “old ways” were better. The modern conveniences that we have do cost a lot of money and contribute much to damaging our environment. What’s our one-week program like?
- Monday: Stop making trash.
- Tuesday: Switch to more sustainable transport.
- Wednesday: Eat local, eat less meat.
- Thursday: Conserve energy.
- Friday: Consume less water.
In addition, there are learning events and forums every day for this week on a variety of topics. Those who signed up for the full week challenge have a longer agenda.
Day 1: Buy less stuff. Stop buying things except for what you absolutely need. You may buy food of course. You’ll find that you’ll have saved more money, have more time to spend with your family, and freed up space in your home.
Day 2: Look at your trash. What disposable items can you do without? Which items may still be reused? Remember, reduce, reuse and recycle.
Day 3: Transportation. What’s your major means of transportation? If you’re like most office workers, it’s likely you drive your car to work. Consider biking, carpooling, taking the train, or walking if your home is walking distance from your office. In addition, take the stairs instead of the elevators especially if it’s only one or two floors. You’ll burn more calories and lose weight. Good for the health too.
Day4: Food consumption. No meat for this week. That includes chicken and fish, not just red meat. This means kind of turning vegetarian. Absolutely no fastfoods.
Day 5: Use of energy. Don’t watch TV. Don’t use the aircon. List all gadgets, appliances, etc. that use energy to operate and see how you can eliminate or lessen its use. Unplug appliances when not in use.
Day 6: Use of water. Look at how you use water. We sometimes don’t realize how wasteful we are. I am guilty of letting the water run while brushing my teeth. Better use a pail rather than the shower.
Day 7: Give back and see how you can contribute the your community.
Interesting isn’t it? Visit the No Impact Project website to learn more. Personally, I’ve already started doing some of the things encouraged by the project like only buying what I need, eating less meat, walking and taking the stairs, reducing clutter and reusing. But there are more changes I need to do particularly in using modern conveniences and water. I’m certainly going to continue this project not just for the week but incorporate it in my life.