Many people in today’s world are worried about climate change and the future of our beloved planet Earth. These big scary words look over us as we put a plastic bottle in the trash, eat red meat with every meal, and drive our cars to and from work. Before arriving in Florence I was aware of my actions to make the planet a greener place, but I knew that all my efforts were cut short due to the necessity of a cars. Even just driving to the grocery store I was emitting CO2, damaging the planet we need to protect.
In Florence I am stepping up my green game, and so far it has been fairly easy. The past four days I have spent in the beautiful city of Florence has been full of walking. Navigating the cobble stone streets, I walk past the Duomo, over the Ponte Vecchio, and around dozens of museums. Not only has walking allowed me to be more environmentally friendly, but it gives me a better sense of the city. I am not zooming past the people, stores and landmarks but instead I get a close look at what makes Florence, Florence. My days so far in Florence have been intimate, I have gotten to know the city through exploration on my feet, not sitting in a car. Through walking I am both making my stay in Italy greener, and getting a full and enriching experience outside an automobile.
The world awaits…..discover it!