Ok, I admit it: Sustainability used to be a buzzword to me. Others should turn around the global warming and prevent polar bears from drowning. But who are the “others”? Yeah, humanity and societies consist of institutions. Yet, they’re run by individuals like you and me. So, let’s acknowledge that we’re on the hook to set the example. How? Let’s investigate it the ExperienceZone way.
Sustainability is a responsible mindset
You’re part of the highest developed species on planet earth. Being at the top of the evolutionary ladder is a double edged sword though. We can significantly change things for the better or worse. Let’s be honest: For the last centuries we did latter. In our egocentric drive to live more comfortable, we exploited nature without any long-term perspective. To put it simply: Growth takes time. If you cut off a oak tree, it takes decades for a newly planted one to grow to a similar size. In these decades, less CO2 gets captured. Small changes in our ecosystem do make a difference. Especially if we disregard their impact and cut down million additional trees. We can apply this phenomenon to many other areas, in which humans interfered out of ignorance or greed. The result is that we completely changed the make-up of our home planet in just a few years in terms of its climate as well as diversity.
Assuming you don’t want your grandchildren to live on a desert planet, then you need to step up now. Like Obama said: “We’re the first generation impacted by global warming and the last one to combat it.” So, we’re at an inflection point in world history. If we take the right measures now, we’ll save the world for ourselves, our ancestors and all other species. If we don’t though, we’ll destroy ourselves and everything alive eventually. There’re four areas, in which you can act more sustainable: Nutrition, clothing, mobility and travel. In terms of your diet, you want to eat primarily raw vegan food. If you buy regional and seasonal fruit & vegetables, you’ll have a great impact on the environment. When it comes to your attire, you want to buy high-quality clothes, which have been produced under “fair working conditions” and consist of natural products, i.e. plants which are domesticated, such as cotton. Mobility is key in our modern world. So, strive to take vehicles which don’t pollute the environment much. If you live in or close to a city, you can take public transportation instead of your car. Ideally, you ride a bike, which keeps you in shape and makes you enjoy your ride even more. Last but not least, travel is a huge sustainability lever. There’re a trade-off though: The more more exotic the places you travel and activities you engage in, the bigger your growth opportunities. Yet, going there is always associated with taking a vehicle, which requires energy. Either oil like a car or kerosene like a plane. Ergo: You want to maximize your experiences and of course recharge your batteries without polluting the environment too much.$
How do you live more sustainable?
This is a hard nut to crack. Sustainable behavior is a life-long task. Treat everything as a game, which you can improve continuously. Why? Well, it ensures to deal with it in a playful way with creativity and stellar motivation. Here’s the basic steps:
- Picture your dream world. Do you see humanity and planet earth at an edge? Do you agree that we need to turn the wheel now before it’s too late? If yes, then analyze how the world looks at the moment, including what we as humans are doing to our home planet. Then imagine the target state. Lastly, you want to define measures to get there.
- Hold yourself accountable. Don’t rely on politicians, scientists or entrepreneurs. If you want to change things? Great! Then you need to step up. Don’t sell yourself short. Most people are passively observing. If you switch into the active creation mode, you’re more than one step ahead. Now you just need to find and work on the right measures.
- Live and breathe sustainability. Change your diet. Be proud if you don’t have meat. Your body, the animals and planet earth will be grateful. Buy high-quality clothes. Your skin deserves to wear only the best material. Take the bike or walk to work. A great way to get daylight exposure, move your body and breathe fresh air. Explore your region. You don’t need to go far places. I live in Switzerland for instance. I’ve great mountains just outside my apartment. Surely there’s much to discover in your neighborhood too.