So what is it that drew me to the idea of Sustainable Living?
Sustainable living mostly pertains to living a lifestyle geared towards reducing the effect people have on the planet and its natural resources. To be sustainable, the Earth needs to be able to continue supporting human life indefinitely, but we as a population are disrupting the balance in nearly every aspect of our lives. My own idea of a sustainable living definition would be to incorporate ideas and perspectives from the areas of self-sufficiency, eco-friendly living and reducing the impact the world population in general has on the planet as a whole. So why am I so concerned about this planet and preserving what we have left? The answer is simple. It would break my heart to see places like the one in the photo here become ruined due to the continued pollution and depletion of the Earth’s resources.
A Cruise Opens Up A Whole New World
I first became more thoughtful about this idea after going on a cruise to the Pacific Islands. It was such an eye opener that not all people live with the same modern conveniences that I do. Not that I didn’t really understand the concept, it was more from a shift in perception that they were the lucky ones, not me, even living with all the mod-cons. They were happy living that life. I remember thinking how nice it would be and how we all would benefit from going back to the basics. Living off the land and treating it with respect. The people of these cultures I’m sure must be horrified to witness the lifestyle of my own culture. I am not suggesting we do away with all modern technology and convenience, but I do suggest familiarising ourselves with and becoming more mindful of what steps one might need to take to live more sustainably. After all, what would it hurt? If anything we would all become healthier and less toxic and mother nature will thrive and continue to produce abundantly for us.
Lowering Our Carbon Footprint Is The Course We Must Take.
To define sustainable living and what the culprits are that leave such heavy footprints in our ecosystems, please visit my post about the Sustainable Living Definition in a separate category of this site. We don’t know the future, we can only guess, albeit with science to support the theories, at the long term impacts of continuing to live the way we do in this world. We hear about it everyday but I fear that many people still are not taking the prospect seriously enough. We only have one planet on which to live, we have the choice to lower the carbon footprints we leave, or not. So what will we do? It is certainly impractical to expect changes to occur instantly. We have to wait for technology to catch up for many of these changes required. I certainly don’t want to risk losing my home world on the off chance that the predictions about the future are wrong. Where would we go? Mars? I don’t really think I’d want to live on Mars. What a beautiful planet we already have, there’s nothing else like it in our solar system, that we are aware of that is. So what can we do in the interim? Plenty. I’d like to introduce you to my site where it is my intention to learn about and share with you, simple methods of sustainability that we, as individuals, can take steps to implement in our everyday lifestyles, and share them with other people. My goal is to live on a fully self sufficient property one day, but I believe I am a long way from achieving that at present. So I am here to learn and share. Let’s start a chain reaction of change.
The Ripple Effect
You’ve heard of the Ripple Effect I’m sure. When a pebble is thrown in a body of water, you can see it with your own eyes, the ripples that are created, each one enlarging in all directions in a circular motion, and travelling outwards from the point of impact. It is said that one pebble dropped in the ocean can create a ripple that can travel all the way across the world ending in a wave crashing on an opposite shore. So many people doing small things together can surely spread those ripples of change and create a massive impact on the current state of affairs in the world. We each are a pebble dropped in the ocean, but look at what we might be capable of. We can make a difference, we do have a choice. I choose to help this world in which we live. Let’s do this and do it together.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to sharing my findings with you.