Updated: Dec 29, 2019
When I was 9 years old, I wrote the EPA for a school project. I was researching the different types of pollution - air pollution, smog, noise pollution, water pollution. I learned that because of industry we are dirtying our water, wasting resources, and causing a lot of problems for future generations. Cars were big and used up a lot of gas. We created a lot of waste, and recycling wasn't widespread. I determined that I would do what I could to not contribute to the problem.
Since I started the process of adoption, I have thought about changing my habits to benefit the future generation. I want to do my part to contribute a better world to my child. I carry reusable water bottles, coffee cups, and reusable grocery bags. I walk my vegetable waste to the local composting site in my town. It's a lot of work at first, but over time, becomes a habit, something easy. I look at my garbage and ask myself what I can do to reduce garbage. I want to try and use cloth diapers on my baby when I become a mother.
When I was younger and struggling, I didn't have time to think about these kinds of things, and I totally understand why other people don't do it. Life has many demands, and you have to choose. When I was putting myself through school, putting food on the table and paying bills was my priority, and I didn't have time to think about much else.
As passionate as I am about the environment, I hope never to scold or lecture other people. My goal is to be helpful and provide information to people when they notice what I do, ask about it, and express that they would like to do these kinds of things.