We can only be sustainable – and use less, only our share -- if we simplify our lives, so that we feel fulfilled with less, and disengage with rampant consumerism. Do you remember when we, as Americans, were called “citizens?” Now, we’re most frequently referred to as “consumers!”
When we simplify we also tend to slow down, enjoy what we have and connect with our core values. We are likely to build stronger connections with other people – we build “social capital.” In fact by living simply we naturally cultivate a more resilient manner that helps us to more towards a more equitable use of the world’s resources.
These three values, working together, provide us with a new paradigm for rebalancing our lives – being satisfied with what we have, using only our share, and having the resources and community for what we need.
As Gandhi said: we choose to live simply so that others may simply live.
What Can You Do?
View “The Story of Stuff” – www.StoryofStuff.org -- explore their creative, interesting and inspiring website. And, if you like -- join their movement!
Learn a little about the Transition Town movement – as a model of how to respond with vibrant grassroots initiatives that seek to build community resilience. www.transitionus.org/transition-101
Share your ideas with me -- of how you are practicing simplicity, living sustainability and building resilience. Email me