Some truth about me as a person? I’m horrible at New Years resolutions. Don’t get me wrong, I love them. I plan them. I hoard them, coming up with way too many and getting overly excited about all of them. I make lists, and timelines, and mini-goals. Unfortunately, it seems the outcome 98% of the time is a few months of triumphant, self-improving activity, followed by a slow shift back into my normal pattern of existence. But, over the past 5 years, each Earth Day I have made a second batch of resolutions. With this set of commitments, I’ve experienced an almost unprecedented success rate. Over the years, I’ve greatly reduced my plastic consumption, I have committed to the concept of reusing pretty much everything, and I cut all animal derived products from my diet. As someone who is really used to failing and having to restart as part of her daily life (because, scientist), I’ve started to wonder why my Earth Day Resolutions stick, while so many other intentions (I’m doing all the dishes everyday starting tomorrow!) seem to fall to the wayside. After some reflection, I believe the reason is twofold. First, I have strong examples of conservation champions, and, second, Earth Day Resolutions aren’t actually about global impacts for me.
This is an essay in two parts. The first part is a love letter to to the people in my life who made real for me the importance of conservation and preservation of the Earth. The second bit contains my 2015 Earth Day Resolutions and explains why I think you should make some too!
|True Confessions: I probably have enough pictures of myself hugging trees to fill an entire photo album