One of the big problems I’m having with “No Impact week“ is that it feels kind of competitive: many bloggers seems to be saying “I’m greener than you.” I want to do my part, but I don’t want to become like the woman who came to a dinner party at our home and went through our kitchen garbage to look for items that “should” be recycled.
I think it’s easy to get obsessed with individual actions and not participate in the bigger issue. It’s kind of like addressing the feral cat problem by simply neutering one’s cats and keeping them indoors. Yes, that means you’re a responsible pet owner, but it doesn’t do anything to curb the wild cat reproduction, the overcrowded animal shelters, and the people who don’t spay or neuter or vaccinate. So, the problem escalates, while the “good” cat owner feels superior and looks down on the neighbor who appears uncaring. The issue will only be addressed fully when people come together to work on solutions and support each other on community-wide initiatives.
I think this experiment has been instructive in some regards, as far as making me aware of my consumption. But I have to admit I kind of resent feeling guilty about buying olives or blueberries when there are millions of people in the world enjoying them freely. Maybe ignorance is bliss and awareness is hell.