I’m an artist, a financial adviser (26+ years) and an environmentalist. I currently live in the “burbs” of St. Louis, but spent the first half of my life in Central Minnesota. I’m trying to live more lightly on the planet because I think it is the right for me to do. I want to learn how to use only my fair share of the earth’s resources, and try to live more in harmony with the planet.
Living in a time of wastefulness and carelessness, and the seeming acceptance of a disposable and throw-away society, I believe my cultural artifact (found object) art is a way to reuse and recycle that which is destined for the trash.
In a business with papers flooding my desk, I am shredding and recycling everything I can. I buy recycled paper. I use compact fluorescent bulbs in my office, and with the ceiling fan in the office I have gone a good chunk of the hot summer without air conditioning. My office is in my home, which means my commute to work does not involve getting in my car and driving.
I participated in the “Riot for Austerity” (see links) in 2007 and 2008. The goal is for folks to voluntarily reduce their energy consumption by 90% (which would put us right in line with what our fair share of the earth’s resources would be). I didn’t make the full 90% – but you can check out my progress by clicking on the “riot progress” page at the top of this blog. At church I belong to a group which addresses the Spirituality and the Environment. And I ponder the questions: What will happen to spirituality once nature ceases to exist?