We can all be transformational agents for change.
We live in strange times. Most of the shops are currently not open. What better time, during lockdown, to get out and into nature. To make this a Green Friday. Why not make each and every day greener. Why not saturate ourselves in nature?
We can all be transformational agents for change. Businesses, for example, can be a social change movement and to feed something other than the frenzy of consumerism we have, as a culture, fallen into. We need local sustainable, resilient and regenerative economies and communities. This is an opportunity for us to re-think how effective our business models are and to embrace the real and potential role of business as supporting entire communities rather than isolated individuals. Creating eco-communities, starting mutual housing companies together and buying land or a large house and gardens are routes to creating businesses as a social change movement.
We need to ask ourselves questions about how many "things" we really need. We have become largely a culture of hoarding. Money. Stuff. Property. Regardless of how we might feel about the society we have grown up in we are privileged. Just how many houses do we really need? How many cars? Just how much stuff do we need to feel "safe"? Let's pay forward, let's recycle, redistribute, share and regenerate.
This is an inspiring interview featuring Rob Greenfield who is deeply caring soul and a sustainability activist. Rob has also created a very lean life of living in community. He has very few possessions. He does not own his own home. Nevertheless he feels like he has enough to be of service - he just chooses carefully what he participates in. He raises awareness about the natural world, about how wasteful our lives have become, for example, like wearing a suit of rubbish for 30 days to highlight the level of unnecessary waste produced through a consumer lifestyle, to living a whole year eating 100% of food he's either grown or harvested. Watching this interview has left me with questions for myself about how to reduce clutter, reduce duplication of "things" I have around me and work towards just having enough of what I truly need and that sparks joy.
This came home to me very recently when we were walking locally and along the River Teign estuary and found all this rubbish - much of which was dangerously sharp and toxic, and which was found close to where animals were grazing. Here you can see how curious the farm cat was with all that we collected!
We can all do something. One of my mantras is "the way we do one thing is the way we do everything". Small actions do matter and can influence social change. Actions like creating mobile or static share sheds (a library of things) to encourage shared ownership, cut costs and reduce clutter or maybe picking up rubbish as we did (even if you haven't left it there) and as individuals and communities, we have the power to make the world a more beautiful place.
We can all dream into being and reimagine and regenerative and sustainable future where less stuff = more happiness, more connection and more love.
As the old cliche goes... less is more.