What will you give up for Earth day?
Toilet paper (gave that up a long time ago)
Car or motorcycle (don’t have one of those)
Bath and shower (who needs them when you can fling water on yourself with a bucket)
Clothes dryer (that’s why we have the sun)
Air conditioner (for those of you that have one, my envy is palpable)
Blow dryer (ha!), straightener (ha ha!), curling iron (get out of here)
My goal is to try not to make any non organic garbage and not use any electronics for one day. That means no packaged foods (Cheetos you will just have to wait for another day), no computer, cell phone, Kindle, ipod, or TV (not that I ever watch the truly stellar Indonesian programming anyway). I will, however, be using my digital camera to document.
And to make things interesting I am forsaking electricity until I run into something in the dark and hurt myself. But until that time- no lights, fan or anything that can be plugged in.
I tried to get my family on board too. My ibu, love her, was into it until I said that it was for a whole day, including the night time. Then she gave me the “you’re a crazy American” look. We will see how well this goes.
Garbage = 1 tissue and 1 Malaria pill package
Things were good until 6 pm when the sun set. I sat outside trying to read until the last rays of sunlight slipped below the trees. Then it was boredom. When no one else is willing to sit in the dark with you it become slightly ridiculous. By 7 pm I caved. I listened to Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone on my ipod in the dark. Was this experiment pointless…. impactfully ya. But it sure did firm up my love for electricity.