With respect to the “BagFest” project and the service learning component, I initially learned about it from Dr. Verges prior to the spring semester. Even though it sounded like it was going to be a “heavy-duty” course, I was interested because I like the concept of applying course material to “real-world” concerns. In addition, reading Elizabeth Royte’s book,Garbage Land: on the Secret Trail of Trash, proved to be a learning experience in-and-of-itself.
The more I read, however, the more disappointed I became on how our nation deals with garbage, recycling and the environment. However, I also recognized that exposing an ugly truth lends opportunity for change—which is the beauty of it. We all have the opportunity to change our behavior, the way we think about our world and how we interact with our environment.
Personally, I have become much more conscientious about what I buy or throw away and also what I recycle. I have a long way to go and still have some bad habits (e.g. buying bottled water and using plastic bags) but I am working on these and am committed to changing my behavior one step-at-a-time. My biggest problem will be in remembering to bring reusable bags with me when I go shopping! :)