We have spent many cozy evenings talking about our predictions and wishes for the coming year. The One Small Change project has been a part of these discussions. We are all inspired by the idea of choosing one small change each month leading up to Earth Day. We have generated a list that could go far beyond the next 4 months.
For this month, however, I chose to "not go to 12A". 12A is the strip of shops in our region containing all the big national stores and restaurants. There's a Walmart, several big grocery stores, a Kohls, etc. It looks like all the other strips in the United States.
By not going to 12A I will:
- shop from locally owned stores
- think harder about what I need, if I really need it, and where I'm going to get it
- shop from our local COOP grocery store which will also change the food that comes into our house. While I already buy mostly organic, now I'll be forced to buy more local organic.
There we found a huge screen, surround sound, reasonable prices, and reasonably sized (and priced) snacks offered by a friendly volunteer. Even better, our money went to support our local arts organization.
I think I'm going to like my month of "no 12A".