Yangtze River Headwaters Volunteering Day 22 长江源志愿工作第22天

This is a series of journals recording my days in the Yangtze River Headwaters volunteering project. I will try to update every day but there might be delays in the days I work in the wild without the internet. I’m also trying to write bilingual if time allows. Like it? Follow my Instagram (@anar.chica.yichenguo) for updates!

The only responsibility I’m assigned today is to cook. Haven’t been cooking for a long time, I eventually managed to prepare breakfast for over twenty people and lunch for ten people with the help of fellow volunteers. Due to the lack of ingredients, I couldn’t carry out my plan of dark cuisine (eg. put banana and cheese inside bagels) but instead made a very normal family dish. Later I helped the donors from Chongqing who are staying here temporarily to prepare dinner. I spent the rest of the time in the post office and got familiar with the operations in the post office. My hands were shaking after making numerous chops for the tourists’ postcards. In the evening the truck of EMS currier came to bring all the packages in the past week. This little town so small that you can see with one glance has over a hundred packages for one week just in this post office. 

Logically, people should be encouraged to buy things in actual shops since internet shopping is causing so many wastes (cardboard and the goods’ packages, etc. no matter how high the recycling rate is, there are lots of waste. And net shopping itself can more easily stimulate irrational consuming). However, the sellers are more and more tend to operate with lighter assets. The big shutdown of coronavirus has increased the sellers (especially small scale ones)’ fears to heavy assets. And therefore the paradox. In comparison, the ’stands economy’ is quite low in carbon footprint. But many of them sell after buying the goods online in advance, which means the waste already happens in an earlier stage. All things considered, the traditional markets are the best. The sellers are selling goods they made by themselves, vegetables they grow by themselves, meat they breed by themselves, etc. The most real goods are exposed in front of the consumers directly and without unnecessary packaging. Therefore if it is possible to buy living necessities in local markets, try not to buy online. It is one simple thing you’re able to do to help a little bit to protect the environment. 



Serving coffee to a tourist.

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