Roommate claims to care about the environment

Sometimes I feel like I am irrationally upset by other people.

If they aren’t directly affecting my life I don’t know why I can be so bothered by their activities and opinions.

I must get this from my mom, because she is constantly upset with every person on the planet. However, I’m doing my best to calm down and stop worrying so much about the discrepancies between how people act and the words that come out of their mouths. I find that hypocrisy is one of my biggest triggers for agitation and human hatred. Recently, this has been impacting my life, though. You see, when I moved in with my roommates I thought we were on the same page when it came to caring about the environment, energy efficiency, and reducing our carbon footprint. We both work for non-profit environmental agencies aimed at protecting our global climate and improving our public air pollution. However, in practice she doesn’t care so much about air quality, it turns out. In fact, she is rather flippant when it comes to ruining our indoor air quality at home and relying on the central heating and cooling system to fix her mistakes. Every day I feel like she is adjusting the thermostat one way or another because she has carelessly opened a window or left the oven on for too long. She requires the air conditioning system and forced air furnace to make up for her thoughtlessness. In effect, this raises our energy expenditure and contributes to unwelcome climate change. I thought we both cared about protecting the world… But apparently she’s more worried about her indoor temperature control.

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