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Here is the last and final episode of The Middle/Path Project.

From the instant we get out of bed, turn the heat up, turn the lights on, throw our phone on the charger, switch on the computer or tv, we are affecting the world around us. Not very many of us have the will power to stop these habits cold turkey, but every little bit of awareness we soak in affects our daily actions. On this trip we started to look into what effects starting our vehicles, and driving them, has on the planet.
What output do I produce when I burn a gallon of fuel? We headed back out to Montana and kept track of the fuel we consumed. With winter as a common passion we will be the first ones to feel the effects of an unstable environment. Take a look around, what kind of world do you want to pass on to the next generation. It’s time to make a conscious choice. It’s not about ceasing to enjoy our daily habits, but making decisions with awareness is something we must add to the recipe. Appreciate life, and find your way on the middle path.

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead



Colin Balke is a content editor for who lives in Northern California. When not plucking away on a keyboard, he can be found splitboarding, camping, backpacking, or hanging out with family and friends.