Personal Activism

For my personal activism assignment, I decided to compost and shorten my showers by 5 min. Recently, Grow NYC began an initiative to compost food scraps with the slogan “Make Landscapes, Not Landfills!”Why compost? Food scraps comprise about 21% of NYC’s waste stream. When this material is sent to a landfill it contributes to NYC’s disposal costs and can create greenhouse gas emissions. When composted, food scraps and other organic waste become a useful product that adds nutrients and improves the quality of soil for street trees, gardens and more. I have been taking part in the initiative for about a couple months now, at first I had to keep reminding myself to properly dispose of the waste but now it seems like second nature. Overall, composting has been a wonderful experience and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. Along with composting I also decided that I would shorten my showers after learning on our trip that on average each person uses about 75 gallons of water each time they shower. This number was so astonishing and impactful that I have decreased my showers from about 30 min to 15 saving time and most importantly water. By conducting personal activism it was the perfect way to implement some of what we learned in our everyday routines.

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