In keeping with the theme that small changes can make a difference, here are some of the efforts I plan for 2022. First, and probably the most impactful is tracking and reducing the number of automobile miles that I travel as well as other modes of transportation. I assume the train and public transport are “good” events. Since covid, I have not taken any air flights, although I realize that I have a huge history of air travel that I need to balance. But car travel is likely my largest contributor to “unsustainability”. I have made some other changes: Switching from my beloved diet coke in cans and bottles to a SodaStream system that really tastes the same and has much lower transportation and recycling impact and complications. I have begun to request recycling at the hotels where I stay and lacking that service at the hotel, I am carrying my own recycling to the collection points – not as difficult as it sounds, France has “déchetteries” all over the place. And a continuation of home composting of organic matter.
"The most powerful factors in the world are clear ideas in the minds of energetic men of good will."
– J. Arthur Thomson
“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”
– Aldous Huxley
“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.”
– Sandra Carey