Can’t believe a quarter of my time in this soul-quenching country is already gone! Quite looking forward to getting back to my family but after the extraordinary transformation I’ve experienced in just 3 weeks, I’m already growing nostalgic for what I’ll miss once I get home.
The street art in Reykjavik is definitely among some of the coolest of what I’ll pine for:
The way this country hangs their medieval spoons and allows me to dress like a viking will also be longed for without debate:
I am reminded every day I’m here what a wonder this planet is. I wish everyone could have this experience – especially those born of the city like I was. Our connection to the Earth is as real in the concrete jungle as it is in volcanic terrain, we just need to remember it; though having tar separating your toes from the Earth’s good dirt can pose a definite challenge to this effort.
This past week we focused a lot on how we connect to the Earth through our food choices. It was appalling to me to find out how destructive my addiction to a good cup of joe is. Especially considering the incredible amount of tastiness tickling my taste buds when I partake in the yumtastic espresso here. This is the stuff of Satan’s toolbox:
With that said, it all got me thinking: though I may not be ready to let go of my beloved coffee quite yet, I can still significantly lessen my environmental impact by making sure to purchase organic, shade-grown coffee once I get home. Limiting the amount of meat I’ve been eating also seems like a nice place to work on my food impacts. Since lamb is a staple on the menu here the task will bode easier for me since lamb is among some of the foods I could do without for the rest of my life. Still, on days when they serve chicken or beef it will definitely come as a challenge (which I welcome).
The way I figure it, if the entire country of Iceland can shoot for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 75% within the next 35 or so years, I can at the very least take steak out of my diet and be mindful of my morning joe.
How about you? Is there anything you think you might want to change about your eating habits to help provide a cleaner future?
Let’s hear it!
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And don’t forget: (Photo Credit: http://stopmakingsense.org/2012/10/12/)
Til next time, stay green and smile BIG!