Having a blog with thousands of loyal readers is a great way to feel accountable for those Earth Day Resolutions that sometimes fall by the wayside in the midst of raising a family. I’m happy to report that we’ve made some progress toward accomplishing our green goals for the coming year in just a few months.
Green groceries: B+
We struggled with finding reasonably priced organic produce without driving all over town. Thank goodness for our CSA! I have to admit that some pieces of random produce have perished in our fridge but it has provided a wonderful variety of veggies and fruits that usually make it into our menus.
Eco-friendly transport: A
We just purchased a 2001 Honda Civic to replace the 4 Runner we had been borrowing for the last eight years. The Civic’s average gas mileage is a whopping ten miles per gallon more than the 4 Runner and I can almost feel the lighter carbon load while I drive. As if the fuel efficiency wasn’t enough, this particular Civic happens to be forest green. It was meant to be!
Energy efficient lighting: C
I have replaced about half of the lights in our home with compact fluorescents, but we now have two halogen light fixtures in our home. I’m pretty sure they aren’t the most efficient bulbs but I do love the bright light they provide in our tiny kitchen and dark hallway.
Potty training: I
That’s an I for incomplete. Roscoe now tells me right before he performs a bodily function, but doesn’t want to do it anywhere near a toilet. We may need to break down and buy a more exciting potty to inspire him to help us out on this one. Still, he’s quite young so we may just hold out and hope that his tiny bladder makes enough progress to get him in training pants someday soon.
If I manage to overcome my last hurdles on these resolutions I may just have to set a few new goals for the months to come. Change is a slow and overwhelming process, but it’s nice to look back and see that we are indeed making green progress. It’s clumsy and imperfect, but we are stumbling in a forward direction.