Personally, environmental justice never used to mean anything to me. Publicly, I would try to be the best civilian I can and not litter, throw recyclables in the appropriate recycling bins, etc., and yet it really never meant too much nor did it ever carry over into my personal life at home. Perhaps it was because there was never any personal side effects, or anything of the sort caused by the changes in the environment, but environmental justice was just something I studied in the classroom. However, seeing how many people are very passionate about the environment has made me realize that by my indifference towards the environment, I was stomping on something that other people held dear. So while I still do not have a certain flame within my heart to protect it, I find it my duty to at the very least try not to harm it in any way.
That being said, as someone who admittedly isn’t the best at saving energy, the topic of environmental justice was personally a bit of a touchy subject. While I do at the very least try not to litter, I found myself rather lacking in another aspect of “environmental justice”, which was being conservative about energy. The sheer amount of needless energy that I personally noticed myself spending was daunting to say the least. The first thing that I would do when I got home was turn on all the lights in my house, turn the air conditioner on, as well as the fan, then turn my computer on, and end up on my bed with the doors closed, not even using the computer. To be fair, the immediate effects of this wasteful behavior was never apparent to me before, since one is able to see the water they are saving, or the garbage that they throw out, and yet we are never able to see the amount of fossil fuels we are using every time we use our appliances. Nevertheless, in an effort to be more environmentally conscious, I will attempt to at the very least stop turning the lights on in every room, and also make sure to turn the lights off whenever I exit. Although I foresee many shortcomings, I hope to eventually make this into a new, healthier habit for the environment in which I live in.