Tuesday, July 21, 2009

thinking thinking thinking...

A picture i've taken just now at work from the balcony of the sky in Melbourne... check out the cloud line! Its such a perfect line between gray sky and blue. I love Melbourne.

Last night Joe and I went to the ‘Design of the times’ talk by Liane Rossler at ACCA. Liane is an Al Gore ambassador (as well as a million other things – truly fantastic woman) and was talking about Climate Change and what designers have been doing and the directions we should be taking in the very near future to take responsibility for our ‘Environmental Footprint’. I’ve seen Al Gore’s movie ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ and I find it all a little doom and gloom… I mean I know the point of it is to try and shock you into change, and I guess that’s what it is achieving for the most part. With Liane’s talk last night, I really found it interesting when she stopped talking about how everything is falling apart and the world is coming to an end, and started talking about what she was doing to change her habits and influence those around her, and also what she had noticed other designers were doing. It was all a little bit inspiring – and I can be very cynical about these things at the best of times.

It got me thinking about me and Joe. We don’t own a car so we take public transport or walk/bike everywhere. We haven’t used a heater all winter. We have started collecting our food waste and will be taking it to the Port Phillip Eco Centre to compost. We recycle. We collect water when showering and try and keep our showers very short. In part I think by us trying to save money we’re using less of everything. But I know we could do more. We go through an awful lot of rubbish. Joe suggested last night we try and go for a week without TV. I think we should be able to do it. This is sort of even less about the electricity thing… we’ll read more and do other things instead of just vegeing out in front of the tv. We started yesterday and it has been fine. I do need to get new books from the library though.

Liane did discuss waste and I think I do need to think of ways I can reduce my waste. It did get me thinking of Christmas. I love Christmas and am thinking about it a lot especially at the moment because I’ve been planning with my family to all meet together in the Gold Coast for Christmas. I’m super excited and have been planning to make Christmas crackers and what presents to buy everyone… Maybe I should try and think of things I can do that will be more ‘environmentally friendly’. I don’t know! Maybe I should just think less. I’ve always kind of disliked the whole, don’t give a gift give a donation but I think this year, I might ask for donations to certain organisations (maybe for trees in bushfired Victoria, or for the wildlife centres in Victoria) instead of receiving stuff. Just more things for me to think of as I fall asleep at night…

Xoxo Love Lizzie

2 comments:

cheekie_munkey said...

just a phase? :P

Julia said...

oh no - you can't give up on presents - what would be the point of living? - Julia
ps of course I'm a true materialist