I'm glad Kim posted Colin Beavan's one-year experiment to reduce waste. I read the NY Times article about his journey and was struck by what I discovered. For example, his family has banned automobiles, magazines, and plastic bags from their daily living. They're now relying on scooters, bikes, and hand-me-downs as part of their daily routine, just to name a few items. (Go online to see what else they've banned from their lifestyle).
In a recent op-ed piece written for the NY Times, Beavan writes about his shame in acknowledging the fact that it's the first time in his life he's made substantial lifestyle changes that align with his beliefs. Now, this is a guy who's written numerous papers against hunting whales in Japan, poaching gorillas in the Congo, and the apartheid in South Africa. Yet, according to Beavan, "I made the mistake of believing that condemning the misdeeds of others somehow made me virtuous" (NYT, March 11, 2007).
So, if you have a moment, I encourage you to read the NY Times article Kim posted (see below). And after you've read the article, I'd like for you to think about this question, which was also posted in the NY Times:
What would you be willing to sacrifice for a more environmentally sound life?
Please feel free to post your thoughts about this question on the blog.
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