living sustainably

10. How can I take the first step?


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First

Question my consumption in everyday life, while travelling, on vacation and in my free time.  

In addition to my basic daily needs, only consume what gives me real added value

Ask me the highly topical question:


In his book 'To Have or to Be', Erich Fromm describes the prerequisites for a fundamental change in the economy, politics and society in order to overcome the present crisis and to move from an orientation towards having to one towards being

Erich Fromm. To Have or to Be? 1976.

Secondly 

Align my lifestyle with a good balance between quality and quantity.  

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The consumption-oriented lifestyle in the rich countries is pursued from many people worldwide, but it is probably not an attractive option for our children and grandchildren:

  • first, because we are thereby causing large and sometimes irreversible damage to nature and it mostly affects many people in other regions of the world.
  • second, because the price we pay in our lives is disproportionately high compared to the benefits gained, this being increasingly felt by the suffering of so many wealthy people in industrialised countries.

In this context, the question arises for us:

What philosophy of life is behind the insatiability of us who live so stubbornly and so dispassionately and morosely at the expense of others and the environment?
Translated from: Gabriela Simon: Mehr Genuss! Mehr Faulheit! Mehr Schlendrian! Die Zeit Nr. 42/1992

Thirdly

Pay more attention to the environment.

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For example with  

  • Tips for a cleaner environment
    WWF

Fourth

Experience the richness of nature.

True love of nature is probably the best way to make my life sustainable.

Melinda in Firiteaz, Romania 2018 

It is far from enough to watch good nature films on TV, to drive through beautiful landscapes by car, or to inform myself about ecology.  

The reports of environmental disasters anywhere in the world, as we read or hear them daily, barely affect us. 

However, being affected is essential to us humans so that we can change our lives.

All of us need very personal experiences outdoors in the «richness» of nature.

When I discover the perfect interplay of living things and their beauty, I experience myself as part of the great nature and spontaneously take care of the environment.

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Fifth

Living sustainably
My threefold benefit.

1. I can better adjust my life to my needs.
2. I will burden our environment less. 
3. I will save money and gain time to live.

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In general

There is a widespread opinion that sustainable living means bitter renouncement and a loss of enjoyment in life. The opposite is true. 

We do not need a culture of renunciation, we need a culture of enjoyment thanks to less consumption.

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Living sustainably does not mean that every day and everywhere I go I will be racking my brain over environmental problems. 

Sustainable living is a learning process that demands all our creativity and opens up new opportunities for us.

Our children and grandchildren will be grateful if we leave them an intact world so that they, too, can live their lives independently and freely.

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And finally 
[and intended tongue in cheek]

Presumably only when
the last tree has been cleared, 
the last river poisoned, 
the last fish trapped,
will we realise that we cannot eat money
. 
Source: Unknown

First and last

Mahatma Gandhi

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