There are so many environmental problems: deforestation, water and air pollution, resource depletion, species extinction, climate change, the list is depressingly long. Worse, none of them seem to be resolving due to failure by our governments to enact policies and pass laws that would curtail much of the environmental destruction being wreaked by our greedy consumer capitalist lifestyle.
In fact, as we head into 2014, the situation is now so dire, particularly in relation to climate change with the majority of climate scientists predicting a catastrophic four degree temperature rise by 2100 unless we significantly reduce our carbon emissions (which seems highly unlikely), increasing numbers of highly credentialed experts are sounding the death knell for our modern, western way of life.
Assuming what they say is true – and certainly the evidence is compelling – that we face impending ecological collapse including runaway warming unless we radically transform our consumption habits, surely it makes very good sense to start transitioning now to living more sustainably so that when crunch time comes and changes are foisted on us, it won’t be such a shock or as difficult to adapt.
Don’t panic. Downsizing isn’t as bad as those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo would have us believe. On the contrary, getting off the consumer treadmill is a great opportunity to improve your quality of life. You’ll spend less money, learn new and practical skills, and have more time for important relationships and other meaningful pursuits.
Of course, no matter how committed you are to the planet’s welfare, reducing your ecological footprint can seem daunting, especially if you don’t know where to start. Which is why we’ve decided to put together an eBook that offers some guidance in this regard.
Here we suggest loads of things you can do to help reduce your environmental impact – and live a happier and healthier life to boot!