Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.
I get it. Lifestyle adjustments aren’t easy, especially when you don't have the resources you need to push you in the right direction. But we’ve collectively arrived at a point in time when we simply have no choice but to change. Did you know that the World Wildlife Fund estimates that we need the regenerative capacity of 1.6 Earths to replenish the resources we currently use?
Here in the United States residents consume approximately 20% of the country’s total energy budget in their homes; cooking, cleaning, and participating in other domestic activities. And that's not to mention the energy that's needed to produce and transport the goods we consume, the food we eat, the various tools we use at work, or the fuel we burn in our vehicles. When combined, the consequences of our actions add up fast. Which means that it’s increasingly important that we learn to live more sustainably, and know answers to questions like: Can plastic films go in the recycling bin? Should I install CFL lightbulbs or LEDs? Are electric vehicles really that much better for the environment? (The answers are: it depends, LEDs, and yes).
Learning how to live more sustainably can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The purpose of this blog is to provide you with easy reads that contain the tools you need to help you live more sustainably. And if you’re wondering why you should care about living more sustainably, I can promise you that there’s no lack of evidence that we are wreaking absolute havoc on this planet-our only home.
In the spirit of transparency, I won’t pretend that I know everything there is to know about sustainable living. And I’ll admit now that I sure am not the gold standard. In fact, I do lackluster things every day. It seems like my do better list grows by the hour. I’m really just an average Joe with an overwhelming sense of urgency to do my part in bringing the planet back from the brink of environmental disaster. And if you are too, an average Joe that is, I implore you to keep reading.