Plans for Living Sustainably

| 12/18/2017 11:29:00 AM


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Growing up as a big sister, I relished the perks of having a younger sibling to take under my wing — or in the crook of my arm in a wrestling match. My sister and I grew up inseparable for the most part, but sometimes I liked to push her buttons. One of the best ways to do that was to try to force her to do something she didn’t want to, like eating a new food. Usually I would say something like this:

“Maddie, I think you’d really like this watermelon. You like water, right? And you like melon. So you’d love watermelon!”

After my impressive display of mental tenacity, I would dangle the food in Maddie’s face, at which point she’d turn a threatening red in her cheeks, and a fight wasn’t far behind. Nowadays, my sister is my best friend; we can laugh at those moments — and yes, we both like watermelon. But that conclusion wasn’t reached by me shoving fruit in my sister’s face. It came about after we both had the chance to try it on our own and make our own decisions.

The same, I personally found, goes for something like an ecological footprint. It wasn’t until I made it a personal experience that I could really understand it and make plans to create change — and I encourage you to do the same!

If you’re just tuning in to this blog series, you can find the first part at “Tracking Our Ecological Footprint.”