I have been doing a lot of research as of late on the effects of global warming. I’m no green tree hugger by any stretch of the imagination, though I do like to think that I am a little more conscious about our environment then most. I own a hybrid car, that’s got to account for something, right? Not exactly. These days, a hybrid just isn’t enough. The earth is heating up far more rapidly and we need to do more than just cut back on our auto emissions, we have to change our lifestyle to adapt to this changing environment.

Which is what leads me to my next endeavour; becoming a more sustainable Mike. It just makes practical sense. Some of the videos I have been watching have been discussing the threat to the very industry I live for, the ski industry. It is said that in the middle of this century, the resorts we have to come to love in Connecticut and Massachusetts will no longer be around due to the rapid warmth. As a skier, those are some pretty powerful words to hear, and they make me think twice about drinking from that styrofoam coffee cup or driving places for no apparent reason other than to dispense emissions and further harm the ozone layer.

Some of you might ne thinking, Mike, you’re only one person, you’re not going to change the world, and you’re absolutely right. I’m not going to change the world. We are. There is no I in team. No one person can do it alone. There are, however, plenty of people who have already stepped up to take action. By doing just small things such as cutting back on electricity use, we’re helping to save the planet in a big way. Think about everyone else who is also cutting back on their electricity and wow you’re becoming part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Just think of the money you’ll save monthly on your utility bills.

I don’t plan on hugging any trees, really. Though I do plan on being a more conscious about my purchases and my consumption intake. I have already made changes in the food I eat by going organic as much as possible. Not only am I helping farmers, but I’m also helping myself to become healtheir by avoiding fast food processed diets, which, in turn, will keep me from potentially life threatning diseases and illnesses. The next steps are to change the products that I purchase everyday such as haircare and clothing. Ever think about where that stuff comes from?

I’m looking forward to the challenge to become a more sustainable person. I call it a challenge because it’s never really easy to break out of old habits, and discovering a new lifestyle can sometimes be quite daunting. Onwards and upwards to bigger and better things.

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