Mahatma Gandhi once said “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” – and this is clearly highlighted in the time we’re living in now with events such as Earth Overshoot Day which has occurred this year on August 9th (2014) – Which according to Global Footprint Network is the point in the year when humans have exhausted supplies such as land, trees and fish and outstripped the planet’s annual capacity to absorb waste products including carbon dioxide. Humans have used up the natural resources the world can supply in a year in less than eight months. But there are solutions to this and they aren’t just in hoping that some tech-whizz is going to create a game-changing form of sustainable energy that is going to reverse the planetary destruction that has been caused from issues such as the use of fossil fuels and deforestation. It’s understandable that we don’t want to give up some of our easy luxury lifestyles of convenience, comfort and choosing what we want to do without thinking about the consequences.
Nonetheless, The way we choose to act in our life play a big part such as how we spend our money, what we consume, what energy we choose to support, whether we choose to support local or large corporations, the transport we use, how we dispose of our waste and many more.
It’s undeniable there are vast amounts of this information and we don’t all have the time to sift it. But we all know small things we can do such as: How we eat – conscious eaters e.g. supporting large corporations using unsustainable agricultural methods or supporting local organic foods, How we spend our money – conscious consumers e.g. fulfilling our needs not our greeds, How we dispose of our waste e.g. through recycling and composting, what we choose to support through conscious action e.g. not only in our votes but in protests, online and in our communities, the transport we use and getting involved with the millions of people who want change so that all beings may be happy.
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