A Letter from a Bearded Man

A few weeks ago I was contacted by this guy from a website called SoCal Sessions. He wanted to interview me about sustainable living. I said sure come on over and we had a nice morning walking the beach and talking. He was an interesting guy and had a really nice beard. Today I got an email from him and I thought I would share it.

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You can DESTROY the Earth

Just 600 years ago it would take about 1,000 days to circumnavigate the world and you would most likely die trying. Today most people with a plastic credit card can fly around the entire world in a comfortable seat in just over 2 days. We’ve grown from 1 billion in population in the early 1800’s, just 200 years ago, to over 7 billion today.

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How to Reduce your Impact from Traveling

One of the simplest ways to reduce your environmental impact can be to just to stay put. Most forms of travel, whether it be flying, driving, or even public transportation does have a negative impact and the more you move around in these things the more of a negative impact you’re creating. For those of you who are already doing your part to live more earth friendly at home, you may find that traveling challenges your ability to do so. At home, you may have things figured out already like where to get local organic food, your water purifier, you may have your bicycle to get around on, and have energy saving bulbs and water efficient faucets installed in your home. But once you leave your home and your routine behind for a new destination, you may have to start from scratch with everything that you’ve figured out. On the contrary though, I’ve actually found it possible to live even more environmentally friendly when traveling then when at home.

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How to Cause Less Destruction when Buying Stuff

Stuff.

Man, do we have a lot of it. Most of us know we’ve got far more than we need but with the abundance of stuff on the market and ridiculously cheap prices it’s a real challenge to keep it at bay. You might know this already but if not, brace yourself. Most stuff causes serious environmental harm and likely harm to fellow humans as well. I never looked at stuff the same after watching The Story of Stuff. I encourage you to watch this before continuing on.

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How to Reduce Your Impact from Getting Around

If you live amongst society today it’s nearly a guarantee that you are causing some amount of environmental harm via your transportation. How much is largely up to you. There is no one size fits all solution to environmental destruction caused by getting yourself around so I’ve laid out different options for you depending on where you are in life. Let this serve as a guide for you, but don’t depend on it completely. Instead, I encourage you to think critically and live a well thought out life. This guide is here to help you reduce your environmental impact from getting around.

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How to Use Less Electricity

I’ve gone to some pretty extreme measures to assess how electricity is interwoven into my life. In 2013 I bicycled Off the Grid Across the USA and vowed to use only electricity generated by the small solar panels I carried with me. In 104 days of traveling across the United States I managed to not turn on a single light switch and only plug into five outlets. Right now I live off the grid in a tiny house and all of my energy needs are met by two small solar panels.

Through these adventures I learned that my life was truly electrified. So much of what we do involves using electricity. At so many moments in the day we are burning fossil fuels through electricity without thinking about it for a second. To many of us it would seem that electricity is equally important for survival as water. By going back to the basics and unraveling the electrical cords around my life I have a new insight on the day to day actions that are occurring around me.

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Nonprofits I Support

There are over 1.5 million nonprofits registered in the USA. That is awesome! Well, sort of awesome actually. It seems to me that if we have that many nonprofits we shouldn’t have as many problems as we do. I really admire anyone who is going out of their way to make a difference. I honor anyone who is doing more than their share for humanity, animals, or the earth. Whether they form a nonprofit or are just a dude or chick making a difference matters none to me. It’s all about taking action! But it’s also about taking well planned and intelligent actions.

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