How big is your footprint?
When I was in college my roommate and I covered our couches with Indian print bedspreads. We hung beads in the doorway and painted a florescent peace sign on them. I wore Indian print blouses, long beaded earrings and flowery headbands. We marched for the causes we thought were important, showing the world who we were and what we stood for.
Of course we were conscious of our own little world, too. After all we had dirty clothes to wash, sociology tests to pass, and fraternity parties to go to.
But we were also aware of the big picture. Of the impact we were making on this earth.
In today's lingo, that would be referred to as one's footprint.
In terms of carbon it means the total amount of green house gas emissions caused directly by one's actions. In ecological terms, it refers to the measure of human demand on the Earth's ecosystems.
In either sense of the word, it boils down to how we are affecting the planet.
Back then we weren't measuring every move we made. We just made them.
Because the earth's resources are now running low and everyone is talking "green" this and "green" that, our lives are being scrutinized. Unfairly at times because one's economic situation affects how we live.
What I'd like to think is that everyone is doing the best they can.
I recycle all my wine and vodka bottles. Even on the hottest days when my hot flashes are the most intense, I try not to keep the air conditioner on too much. And I try to turn off the lights after leaving a room, but sometimes a "senior moment" interferes with my thinking.
But at the end of the day, when I cuddle up with my Indian print blanket and reflect back on my actions, I'd like to think that I've left a pretty decent footprint for the historians of tomorrow.How about you?