A New Normal!

Having gone through an “air-copalypse” that wasn’t as bad as the conditions earlier in the month – I thought I would re-start my blogging about my experiences here in Beijing with a discussion of the air and our contribution to it.

I’ve been here since August 29th and we’ve had 12 “bad air” days with six of them occurring in the last two weeks.  Last week it was so bad that I could see the smog in the halls.

Today at 9 am  on day 3 of the alert, the sun is shining gloriously.  Earlier, at 3 am(ish) the particle count was over 400.  Amazing what a bit of wind can do.  (According to my app, we are now at 100 and lightly polluted!) However, just because it isn’t over Beijing any more, doesn’t mean it’s gone.  We just won’t hear about it and the world will find other things to editorialize about.

As I endure the bad air, I thought about my own contribution to that air.  Many of the things I bought back home in Canada were made or grown in China.  Not that I’m a huge shopper, but each purchase of anything contributes to the state of our planet.  As I live here and breathe this air, I am becoming more aware of the small decisions I make on a daily basis that impact life here for others.

I have made the decision to be as  kind as I can – because so many people work outside all day and don’t hear kindness.  They are part of the landscape.

I try to support small businesses outside of malls – people who I can  talk to and practice my Chinese with.  I am often reminded of Mr. Rogers Neighbourhood here in Beijing.

I am more careful of the lights that are on in my house.

I don’t flush as often.  That was true at home too, but I am more aware now of how much water gets used here in this large city and the community in which I live.

I am exploring options instead of toilet paper.  TP isn’t flushed here and so you can see just how much accumulates every day.  That’s not to say that I will eliminate it entirely, but can I try something different?  Stay tuned!

Being here has changed me.  I see our world differently and I am so grateful that God has blessed me with the opportunity to live here for a season.

Thanks for checking in!






About Marcia Stehouwer

I have a great life (most days) and a small budget, so being frugal is one of my favourite hobbies. I started this blog after procrastinating for 3 months, on April Fool's Day. I knit, I read, I knit, I work... I am also about a quarter of the way through my goal to lose 100 pounds. So between knitting, working, reading etc., I also do some walking! EDIT: 2021. I am not closer to my weight goal, but moving forward. The budget is still small. We are renting our homestead and progressing towards our family dream!
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