After taking this class, my eyes have been opened to all of the things that are going on in the world and how these things are interlinked. I have come to the realization that there are an unbelievable number of things that we as individuals can do for the environment, but far more things that the community should be moving towards and invested in. One of the most profound things I think I will be doing is to buy a house and make personal investments in things that are not only intelligent for your wallet but intelligent for the planet. I think things like on-site water treatment, solar panels, natural light, and an electric car are things I have a goal to incorporate into my life in the future, as well as other more immediate things such as recycling. These things are important to me because I think that you don’t have to go out of your way to make a positive impact on the environment, and people can learn to co-exist with the planet if we make some small changes. Moreover, I think that these changes can be coerced by the government and by other factors pushing for more green alternatives, that are in many cases better than their alternatives, to be implemented.
I think that some challenges I will face in meeting some of my more immediate goals, such as using a water bottle near exclusively, is the consistency. I think that getting used to carrying it around with me everywhere and making a conscious effort to remember it will be a challenge. I do think it will have other benefits though, such as reminding myself to stay more hydrated and carrying a water bottle might save me a couple bucks whenever I stop to get something to eat. I suppose others can help me by reminding me to do these things and, in the bigger picture, continue to invest money into and research alternative energy sources and continue to work on green alternatives.