I mentioned in my introductory post that every Friday, I intend to explore and confess ways that I fail to live out the ideals I discuss in my blog. I call this my “Confessions of a Hypocrite” series. Here’s my first one.
On Monday I talked about why taking care of the environment is an essential part of my theology. But the truth is, I still do all kinds of destructive things. I’m still kind of lazy and I fail to do all that I could to protect the environment. Here are just a few ways I still fail to care for the planet.
- I leave my computer on all day. From morning to night. Sometimes I put it on sleep mode, but not always. It’s just such a hassle, remembering to click “Stand By” before getting up to go do something else.
- I take long, hot showers. I must waste gallons of hot water every month but I find it impossible to shower quickly.
- We use plastic bags to contain the trash in our trash baskets throughout the house (which then go to the landfill), when I know we could just empty out and reuse the baskets. But then you have to see the gross garbage in there and occasionally clean them out with soap and water (ugh).
- I feel that air conditioning is an absolute necessity in a car, and whine and complain when a vehicle doesn’t have it. You think your four-year-old complains a lot when it’s hot? He’s got nothing on me. You’d think I live in the middle of the Arabian Desert, rather than southern Ontario.
- We live in a house that’s much larger than it needs to be. We have rooms in our basement that we don’t even use, and we keep them heated throughout the winter. It’s a terrible waste of energy, but we don’t like to be chilly when we use the laundry room down there.
- I’ve used air travel several times in my life, and will probably use it again in the future, even though I’m pretty sure it’s absolutely devastating to our planet.
- I use disposable diapers when we go out, mostly because they’re trimmer under her cute, trendy clothes, and I want people to think we’re fashionable. Sad, right?
- This one I’m most embarrassed of. I recently talked about why we line-dry our clothes, and said we planned to hang Lydia’s cloth diapers when the weather got warmer. The other day I hung a few, but when I took them down I was dismayed by how stiff they were. I was used to their softness from the dryer and had forgotten how much crunchier they are if they air-dry. I seriously started to consider sticking with the dryer, but didn’t want to tell you on here because of what I’d already said.
I could go on and on listing ways that I know I could improve (I could use handkerchiefs rather than Kleenex; I could be more vigilant about turning lights off when not in use, etc) but you get my point.
My main point is that while I preach eco-consciousness, I am far from exemplary. I hope to always work towards doing better, but right now I’m still consuming far more than I need and contributing to the degradation of our land, water and air with my daily habits and practices.
Just wanted you to know that, and to acknowledge it myself.
How about you? What are some ways you fail to take care of the environment, even though you know it’s important?