I never would have guessed that my life would become a struggle for sustainable living. I didn’t grow up with the term “sustainability” in my lexicon; it was just something that I did as a kid.
It wasn’t until I was called out for not recycling by my friend, that I finally realized how much things had changed since I was growing up and how much work I still had to do to reach the goals of sustainability.
I knew I needed to change to a sustainable living mindset.
It’s Not All About Me
It’s not all about me (or you).
When you think about the climate crisis and your role in it, remember that we are all connected. You cannot separate yourself from the rest of humanity and Earth’s ecosystem, because everything (including you) depends on each other for survival. We are in this together.
Whether you believe our situation is man-made, natural or more likely a combination of both, it is what it is – the climate is changing.
We are all responsible for each other, whether we acknowledge it or not. Whether we like it or not, our actions impact one another and they affect our shared future as a species on this planet. If one person does something harmful to themselves or their environment, then everyone else suffers too.
We have to take responsibility for ourselves and others when making decisions about our lives and lifestyles; otherwise, nothing will ever change for the better because everyone would just selfishly do whatever they wanted without considering anyone else’s needs/wants/concerns/etcetera…!
I Can’t Do It Alone
You don’t have to do this alone.
You don’t have to change your lifestyle alone, nor figure out how you can reduce your footprint in the world or save money on groceries by yourself. You can do all of that with friends and family, who will likely be happy to help you out.
You can also get involved in groups like Slow Food USA or Transition Towns – groups of people who share a common interest in living sustainably, helping each other and building community along the way. Remember: it’s better together!
I Can Make A Difference
I can make a difference and so can you.
The more people who do something, the more people will do things. It is a never-ending, exponential journey that can begin to make a big difference relatively quickly. All we have to do is take a little bit of responsibility and be a good example to others.
You don’t have to change everything all at once – you just have to start somewhere.
It Doesn’t Hurt To Try
If you’re like me, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the changes that need to be made in order for us to live more sustainably and ethically.
But it doesn’t hurt to try.
It’s important to keep a positive mindset when trying new things and changing your habits. You can’t be perfect all the time, but if you consistently make positive changes towards sustainability and ethical living, then that is enough!
There is always room for improvement! While it may take some time before these changes become second nature (like going vegetarian or vegan), they are achievable with persistence and patience.
In addition to making yourself better as a person through sustainable living practices, think about how what you do will benefit others as well! Your actions don’t only affect yourself—they can also positively impact those around you.
The Future Is In Our Hands
You’re in the right place if you want to do something about it. It’s time we all took responsibility for our actions and their impact on the world before it’s too late. We can’t keep living like this if we want to keep living at all!
The first step is recognizing what needs to be done. As with any big change, one of the most important things you can do is find out where your efforts would be most effective.
If you want to help save the planet, then how are you going to start doing so?
- Buying less stuff.
- Using sustainable materials (like organic cotton) and recycled products when possible.
- Using alternative transportation (such as bicycles or public transport) as much as possible.
- Switching to a renewable-sourced energy provider.
- Understanding how to recycle properly in your area.
- Thinking “cost-effective” rather than “cheap” (longevity almost always beats short-term savings).
- Getting a water butt for watering your garden.
You Can Change Your Mindset and Your Actions To Live More Sustainably
To do this, you will have to start thinking about the future of our planet and how we are going to leave it for our children.
You will need to think about what you can do now as an individual person in order to make a difference over time.
You also need to consider how you can create new habits or change existing ones that are not sustainable for the future of our planet.
In our fast-paced world, it can be easy to forget about sustainable living.
We’re so busy trying to keep up with all the things we need to do and get done that it feels like there’s no time for anything else in life. But by making a few small changes, we can start living more sustainably without sacrificing much of our lifestyles or convenience.
Hopefully, these tips have helped you think about how you can begin your journey toward living more sustainable living mindset today!