When you stop to think about it, we are living in an increasingly strange world. We spend most of our waking hours working in jobs most of us are either indifferent to or hate and spend an inordinate amount of time doing them. We buy mostly convenience foods which are plastic wrapped or packaged (carried in plastic bags), sometimes individually. As such, we generate huge amounts of rubbish that ends up in landfills and nature. We live in increasingly polluted environments – in many countries, the air is so poor that millions of adults and children suffer from respiratory diseases, to name one, and no one seems to care for this poor air caused by industries, in the name of money and progress. More and more people are migrating to cities and losing touch with nature. We buy, buy, buy, all in the name of convenience as we have no time and ignore or forget or simply don’t know about the damage we are causing to the only known habitable planet in the universe: Earth. The 2015 Climate Change conference in Paris really brought home the perspective, when in a landmark agreement, 180 countries singed up officially acknowledging that man is hastening a climate change which can be catastrophic and which we MUST stop if we are to survive as a race.
But, it is not up to me to change the world singlehandedly. This is about my, your, OUR grain of sand which can and will make a difference to what we eat/ drink /use /buy /reuse / recycle and how informed we are about these choices which will ultimately end up pressurising industries, companies and governments into making this a people friendly and not money obsessed global economy.
For many years now and especially since I had my first child, 17 years ago, I started to look into ecological ways of doing things. To me, it made no sense to ignore my and this new baby’s impact on the planet. I have made changes very gradually, for the path to change a convenience based lifestyle into an ecological one is not easy and ends up scaring most people. It isn’t difficult either, for like everything, change happens gradually, step by step.
Join me in this journey as I share with you, one step at a time, the way I have changed my life. Let’s start with a few basics and then really go into alternatives and ideas to be a greener me and you. Be inspired; make the change 🙂