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The beginning

January 17, 2013 in Blog


Well, I guess I should start with a bit about myself.

I’m a mid-twenties full time worker and part time student (studying Environmental Science). I live with my De-facto partner and we are currently expecting our first child.

The reason I joined the Carbon Challenge, is that I’m sick of not doing enough. Not making enough of a difference. I’m constantly encouraging (both myself and other people) to do the right thing when it comes to waste, energy, recycling, gardening and general sustainability, but I just don’t think I spend enough time actually doing.

I think the most challenging part of this for me, is going to be convincing my partner to join me in certain things. That’s partly why I chose some of the more difficult challenges (difficult for me, anyway). Things like not using plastic garbage bags and using less stand-by power are going to mean an active effort on his part. For something he isn’t quite as passionate about as I am.

I’ll be sure to keep posting and updating everyone on my progress. Good Luck!

9 comments to 'The beginning'

  1. @Woyapp my hubby was the same! Give it a few weeks, he may actually get into it ;)

  2. @quietpurpletiger Thanks for the tip. I’ll keep at it and hopefully he’ll come around. He’s good at recycling push bikes (his main passion), but nothing else sustainable seems to appeal to him much!

  3. @Woyapp I found the same problem originally – I think it really scares some people just how bad things are getting, and they just want to put it from their mind. What eventually worked for me is I got the members of my household to read Bill Mckibben’s “Eaarth” which made both me, and everyone who I got to read it, really stand up and want to take some affirmative action. His organisation is 350.org if you want to check it out.

    • Thanks @klv9, I’ve read some of ‘Eaarth’ (for a uni assignment) and found I liked his style, so I may well look it up again. Unfortunately my partner really isn’t much of a reader, so I might have to find a movie that has the same messages to get him feeling proactive!

  4. Hi @Woyapp. Would I be right in guessing that something like An Inconvenient Truth isn’t going to work either?

    Hmmm, maybe The Day After Tomorrow (where a new ice age is triggered by global warming – not as daft as it sounds, as the movie explains). It’s a big, dumb disaster movie, but good fun and it has plenty to say about ignoring problems until it’s too late. All that ice and snow makes it great summer watching too.

    Has anyone got any other suggestions?

    • Actually An Inconvenient Truth might work. I’ll have to try that one. I’ll just have to catch him in a good mood to get him to watch it.

      The Day After Tomorrow is probably slightly too fictional, I think he’d probably just enjoy the movie and not get anything worthwhile out of it…

      Thanks for your suggestions.

  5. Hi again @Woyapp. How about David Attenborough’s ‘The Truth About Climate Change’? Or Home or The 11th Hour?

    Home is particularly good, it’s mainly composed of aerial views of the world and has some of the most stunning images I’ve ever seen – it’s the one that’s often running in JB-Hifi, if you’ve seen it. It’s also free if you watch it online at: http://www.homethemovie.org/en

  6. @Woyapp UCESS (the enviro club I am in at UC university) runs David Attenborough movie nights throughout semester as well, with like a gold coin donation or something to come along. We’ll probably also show ‘The Inconvenient Truth’ and other films that are appropriate. I can let you know when they are on if you like!

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