It was 8:05 PM when I opened up my planner to pen an event into it. Suddenly, a reminder of Earth Hour was staring up at me.
“25 minutes!” I gasped.
“What are you talking about?” asked Marylin as Zen peered at me quizzically.
“Earth Hour! We’ve got to turn off our lights for Earth Hour!” I looked over at Zen: “You signed us up!”
And so, we all changed our plans to meet this commitment we had made by pledging our support for Earth Hour. Rather than continue to work in the office as we had thought we were going to do, we headed out to eat some dinner. Ok, so we cheated a little and didn’t confine ourselves to the dark. But hey, we did turn off our lights! We just went to take advantage of lights that were already on, that is all.
Being that recycling and conservation are the very things I want to build a company around someday, it was important for me that people are aware and care for causes like these. Lately I’ve been going to a lot of informative sessions about various organizations in Singapore that are meant for the betterment of people. There are the various divisions of the People’s Association, like Family Life, which is meant to promote the quality and importance of family life. There is the Urban Redevelopment Authority, with plans to add infrastructure throughout town and expand and improve nature areas. There are the efforts of the Yellow Ribbon Project to bring awareness and acceptance to ex-offenders, offering them a second chance at their lives.
And then, there’s Marylin’s passion for people with disabilities, which I’ve heard a good bit of lately. Let’s not forget Zen’s love for the people in his life, which is pervasive in all that he does. All this makes me wonder: for all the love I feel I have for people, why am I more interested in volunteering with animals and the environment? Perhaps it is because I see it as my time to connect with the world and, in a sense, meditate. It’s much easier to do that when your interactions don’t require conversations. I’ve also always felt a huge connection with nature, finding the most peace in getting away from people and society. I want to preserve that aspect of this world. The things that live by their own rules and not ours.
So, sometime down the line, I want to create an environmental consultancy. I don’t have the background to really go into air and water pollution stuff or how infrastructure can be built to be most efficient, but I can definitely become an expert in the types of materials and processes that are environmentally friendly for building with. Mostly though, I want to advise organizations on how to create an effective recycling program, ways they can conserve on energy, alternative sources of power that can be employed, and also provide training for their members to promote awareness of these issues and show them why they should care. I can also have seminars explaining how everyone can reduce their carbon footprints and offer easy solutions to greener lives.
As for the interest in animals, I absolutely adore cats (though I do like all creatures), so I think that will just be a personal pursuit for now. I’m still trying to convince Panda to let me raise at least one cat. Katana and I always used to joke that we’d grow old and be “crazy cat ladies” living next door to each other. Though I don’t want to be stepping over them at home, I wouldn’t mind two or even three. For now, I’ll have to wait it out and then find a shelter nearby with cats to volunteer at. I’d really like to start a cat shelter myself, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to give any of them away. Ever. Maybe I’ll look into championing spaying and neutering and adopting from shelters.