We already recycle and compost and turn off unnecessary lights, most of the time anyway. We try to juggle our desire to live on one salary with our desire to eat organic food. But as I wrote about in one of my earliest posts on this blog, Life After Oil, we sacrificed our car-free lifestyle when we had children.
This year, we’re attempting to live with car-free Sundays. It’s not such a stretch for us. We live half a block from a street-car line that drops us off around the corner from our meetinghouse. Like most personal environmental witness, it’s basically a matter of inconvenience. As in we were late for meeting last Sunday because we all slept in a bit and we didn’t compensate by deciding to just drive downtown.
It means we don’t go as many places after meeting. Although we once managed to take our kids to an afternoon playdate at a friend’s house and then walk home afterwards. We tend to not go shopping on Sunday afternoons, although we can and do sometimes walk to the corner store if we need milk or fruit or something.
And we aren’t holding ourselves strictly even to this low standard. We still drive to meeting in Santa Barbara when we’re there and we still drive home from Quaker Center on Sunday nights if we’ve been there for the weekend.
But it’s a small step in the right direction. The low hanging fruit, as some like to say. And I hope that by exercising some discipline in this area, we will become strong enough to be more faithful in the future.
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