Change begins at the micro-level, YOUR level
We went to the People’s March, in support for a real agenda of actions to be agreed upon at COP21 (one can dream), and one of the questions I was asking myself at the end was: What can I do to make a contribution… It led me to the following simple thoughts:
Change is seen and usually measured at Macro-level, taking the satellite view of a situation, but it never starts big… You can dream big, but to make things change, you need to start with baby steps. Indeed, it’s not because you don’t have a solution for the bigger problems, that you can not contribute to a multitude of smaller solutions that, together, will bring the big solution needed! (Think butterfly effect here)
So, if you wanted to change the world, where should you start? Well, how about you start with yourself, your family, friends, flatmates or even your community?
Crawl, Walk, Run…
Say you want to live a life that is more ecologically responsible because you are concerned about climate change. You are no superhero, you won’t stop global greenhouse gas emissions, nor will you stop big corporations from making money, but you can certainly make a contribution towards the bigger picture. What could you do to make it happen?
1) Reduce your home waste:
- buy food without or with less packaging or recyclable packaging.
- cook from raw ingredients rather than warming up a ready-made meal
- Re-purpose leftovers into new meals if you don’t like to eat twice the same meal
- Buy bulk products and use refillable containers
- think twice before buying something with packaging, be it food or household goods
- if you have a garden, compost all food waste that can go back to the ground by itself or use the compost bin that your council may be providing you with.
- Grow your own food (if you can!)
2) Reduce your energy consumption:
- Replace all your house lightbulbs by LED or eco lightbulbs that consume less (we reduced our electricity bill by 60% in one month, just by switching)
- Program your heater to work only when you are in, and think about the temperature that works for you at night vs day. (I personally can’t sleep when it’s above 17*C in the house…)
- walk, cycle, take public transport instead of your personal car.
- If you have to take your personal car, how about carsharing? think of websites such as blablacar that enables drivers to find carsharers.
3) Rethink the way you consume overall
- First and foremost: Think twice before buying something new: do you actually need this item? If yes, can you find a suitable second-hand option for it? I don’t know that there is such real thing as Retail Therapy, personally, buying stuff has never made me feel better… but do let me know if it’s helped you…
- instead of throwing broken items away, can you fix them? Think shoes, clothes, household goods… (we end up living in an environment where buying new costs less than fixing… how did this come to be the norm?)
- Buy locally made or produced goods, whether it is food, clothes, or others. Many studies have proven that when you buy from local business, more money gets reinvested in the local community than when you buy from a global provider. Sources: (1) , (2), (3)
So… what else can you think of?
For more about one of my favourite theme of the moment, hang on tight, I will be doing more soon, and will give some of you an opportunity to make a difference too
Butterfly effect: In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.