Although our personal lifestyle choices may seem insignificant in the shadow of the escalating climate crisis, they can be healthy, economical, and inspirational. Choices like buying less stuff, growing our own food, shopping at second hand stores, and walking, biking, carpooling, or using public transportation instead of driving alone can lead us to be happier, healthier, and more connected to our community and nature. None of us is perfect and forming new habits can be challenging in our fast-paced, time-starved culture. So be kind to yourself and others along the way!
A LITTLE INSPIRATION...
Less stuff, more happiness
TED Talks, Graham Hill—OCTOBER 5, 2011 Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.
How we can eat our landscapes
TED Talks, Pam Warhurst—AUGUST 9, 2012 What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.
The Amazing Way Bicycles Change You
TED Talks—NOVEMBER 22, 2016 Tony Desnick, Director for Development and New Projects with Nice Ride Minnesota, makes the case that bikes are saving the world from itself. Bicycles really do change you and, in amazing ways, change the community around you.
Avoiding food waste is important
Vox—MAY 10, 2017 Sadly, while many around the world struggle to feed their families daily—including 1 in 8 Americans, roughly 40% of the food U.S.-produced food is never eaten. That’s a ton of production and transport energy wasted and decaying food releases green house gasses. This video shows one cooperative approach to avoiding food waste. See also “6 Step Guide to Decreasing Your Food Waste” from The Zero Shop in Capitola, CA.
Going green shouldn't be this hard
Vox—APRIL 26, 2017 The United States is the #1 trash producing country in the world. If everyone lived like Americans, we’d need over four Earths to support everyone’s lifestyles. Going green does not need to be a sacrifice, either for us as individuals or for businesses, governments and the economy. Learn from one woman’s attempt to live a zero waste lifestyle.
Where you shop matters and the truth may surprise you
Mighty Earth—NOVEMBER 6, 2018 We need businesses as diverse as McDonald’s and Whole Foods to act because their biggest suppliers are destroying wild forests and contaminating our water. Join us in telling McDonald’s and Whole Foods to stop selling meat from industrial agriculture companies like Cargill and Tyson until they take concrete steps to end deforestation and pollution.