I noticed on a previous post here, that someone commented about how all my sustainable steps in the past were simply common sense moves and hardly the work of an 'eco-crusader'.
First off I think I should clarify, I in no way consider myself a crusader of any sort- in fact I'm quite the opposite.
The point I was trying to make in the aforementioned post was that my previous attempts at changing our lifestyle for 'the good of the planet' were marred by my overzealous approach and constant nagging about the smallest things (i.e. tins in the recycling), which in turned exhausted the people that I live with.
This in turn created some resistance, which tired me out, life got busy and plans fell by the wayside. So actually I'm a total eco-failure - a 'how not-to save the planet' guide, if you like.
The point is I'm trying this time to make changes that we can actually stick to. Ones that will help to reduce the amount of waste we create and the resources we use. Of course they are common sense moves, but isn't that what sustainability is all about? What's not sensible about living within your means?
Secondly, the criticisms of my moves thus far got me thinking about the changes I've made and what, if any, difference it makes to the bigger picture. Am I saving the planet one re-usable shopping bag at a time?
And this line of thought got me thinking about what the sustainability power move would be. What's the one thing every household could do that would make the biggest difference to Earth?
The short answer is; I don't know.
But I do know that many people making one small move can have as much affect on things as a few people taking a radical leap (think going off the grid, total self-sufficiency).
Did you know that if every household in the United States changed one regular lightbulb to a compact fluorescent bulb the pollution reduction would be the equivalent of removing one million vehicles from the road?
Or that if every household bought just one four-pack of recycled toilet paper, instead of the normal virgin-pulp kind, it would eliminate 60,600 pounds of chlorine pollution, preserve 1.35 billion litres of fresh water and save nearly 1 million trees?
Google "household changes that help Earth" and bask in all the suggestions that pop up. It's a common sense overload and it's pretty encouraging. There are heaps of things we can do and all of them have a positive effect on the state of the planet.
So yes, I'm taking small steps but the hope is they will lead to bigger and better things. For now it's the garden, the water collection, and the compost bin. Who knows what will come next.
Perhaps in the future I'll be the crusader I'm so clearly failing to be right now, but i think I'm moving in the right direction...
What do you think would be the single best sustainable move people could make?
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