In what I call my previous incarnation I was an Environmental Engineer. I hold a Master’s degree in it even. I went into that field originally with the intensions of wanting to make a true difference.
For a few years I felt I did. I worked on a project to learn the cause of tree die off in a ecosystem a bit south of here. I then worked on possible scenarios to try to bring it back to it’s original state while still working with the changes of how the local land was being used.
In time though restoration jobs became less and I became less happy at my work. As long time readers know I was eventually laid off that job, and I decided to change careers. Something I’m currently in the middle of.
The environment is still dear to my heart though I show it in not so obvious ways. I’m pro technology just as I feel my ancestors were.
Though I follow a Reconstructionist path I will never go back to how my ancestor’s lived exactly.
My way of being environmentally conscious is through my usage and I’m a strong believer in reuse and fixing things. When something breaks the first thing I try to do is fix it, if I can’t fix it can I use it differently? And just because something is older doesn’t mean it isn’t good.
Some buy only materials labeled green, some buy only local, some only specific materials, some reuse, some buy minimally or multiple combinations of them all.
It’s important but it shouldn’t be a contest as to who is greener either.
I do have a goal though to try to get out more and make a more active difference.
Just remember to do what you can and as often as you can. Mother Earth and all our children will thank you.
In what ways do you try to protect and honor the environment? And do you have a personal goal for doing more?