I Drive A Truck
It sucks when I read about someone who has done good in the world – who says and does things so that you view them in a certain way – but when they are behind closed doors (or uncovered), they are the complete opposite. Therefore, I am writing this to come clean. Or get dirty, depending on how you see it.
(Pause and brace for shock.)
I drive a truck.
Yup. It's gray, it doesn't get good gas mileage, it hauls me and my art around, and is used for many other adventures.
It serves a purpose.
I'm telling you this to let you know that I still have a major carbon footprint. And I am neither innocent, nor perfect in the changes that I have/am making in my life. With my truck, water, energy, and tangible waste (Damn you, pizza. Damn you!) I'm contributing to the pollution of this planet.
Not a good thing.
Being brought up in today’s wasteful and commercialized world and attempting to produce a zero footprint is extremely difficult. If I own or do anything, go anywhere, buy or eat anything that I did not grow, I'm contributing to local and worldwide pollution on all levels. It's depressing.
Good news though, all of this can be remedied! Not just by me, but by all of us!
It's not easy cutting, shifting, and reducing your life down in the beginning. However, if we take it one step at a time (as I do) it melts right into the daily routine. Before you know it, we are using less water and energy, biking to work, and producing one bag of trash per year. Maybe even less!
There are many companies out there, both big and small, that offer positive solutions to almost everything we use on a daily basis. And some of the things (maybe a lot of the things) we use on a daily basis can be removed without any replacement, as they were not needed in the first place.
As you experience the art I create and read about the things I'm doing and passing on to all of you, keep in mind that I'm not perfect and I fail all of the time. Even though I'm throwing less away, I'm still creating garbage. I'm still producing CO2. I'm still using energy. I'm still buying stuff. And I'm still taking a long hot shower here and there. But, I'm taking one speedy step at a time toward a zero carbon footprint. Or as close as I can get to it in my situation.
Who wants to take the next step with me?
Rethink. Reduce. Reuse. Repair. Recycle.