28th Dec, 2009

Publishing & the Environment

Apr08 010I know that publishing can’t be good for the environment. Book production alone takes a lot of trees, transportation, and other tolls. Heck, just the amount of bubble envelopes and manuscript pages I receive each year makes me a little sick to my stomach.*  I am not exactly sure how to balance my career choices with my tree-hugger instincts. However, I have made my choice to go after writing books as a vocation and for now, I’m just going to have to deal with the environmental impact in other ways.

My husband and I are always looking for ways to reduce our personal carbon footprint, no matter how small the actual impact of our actions. For example, we now eat most meals by candlelight. Romantic and easier on the environment! Even though we live on a small island and can walk, ride or (safely) hitch-hike most places we want to go, we find ourselves driving more than we should. So…for the month of January…with you as our witnesses…we are parking the truck. Short of a medical emergency, we will not drive it in the month of January. We figure if we can do this for the coldest month of the year, then we will be able to remember that and choose alternate transportation much more often in the coming months.

Anyone care to join us and park your car for January? Oh, come on! It’ll be fun!

*Penguin is starting to do their part by implementing electronic copy-editing! Yay, Penguin!

Responses

Joelle, I don’t think I can commit to parking the car for January since I’ve got two kids who would need to tag along with my if I hitched a ride to the grocery store…BUT I commit to candlelight meals! That’s so cool!!!!!!!!!! Any other great ideas?

One of our goals for this year was to cut our trash by half and double our recycling.

J & V,
As much as I would love to park this piece of #$%& car, in my city, I can’t. I salute your efforts. Maybe if I get to move to Paris, (la sigh) I can ditch my vehicle and be a Metro Girl! Bravo for your efforts, but PLEASE don’t let V. slip on the black ice again. Shudder.
V

Very intrigued to read the ongoing saga of truckless living for a month. Won’t be joining you literally, but will be with you in spirit! Go team Anthony!

Seven days in and we’re rockin’. No problems thus far. I had two gigs on the very first day of our experiment and tonight I’m headed to an event off-island. Got a ride with a pal. This is going to work!

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