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.
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.
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.
When I was younger and had a larger ego, I had a hard time giving credit for my success to anyone. Today I have come to believe that I am merely a reflection of the good that exists on earth. None of what you see originated from within me. It is merely the lights of the many people who have shined their goodness toward me. I am largely the creation of all the people and events that have deeply affected me.
I’m elated to share with you this list of living influential people that I recommend listening to. They are all people that I believe in. They have all affected my life and have influenced the path that I am on today. Some much more than others, and the ones near the top of the list are the ones that I feel the closest to.
In 2011 a personal revolution started in my mind. Many people who’ve under gone serious personal transformation speak of a moment of clarity or a drastic event that woke them up, I have personally gone through a serious transformation from Drunk Dude to Dude Making a Difference however I had no moment of clarity and no specific event that woke me up. Rather my shift came from an accrual of knowledge that is available to us. Some of that came from moving to San Diego in January of 2011 and surrounding myself with open-minded people. Some of it came naturally by finding better things to do with my time then drink alcohol and smoke weed. But I give the most credit to the information I gained through films, books, and Internet articles.
I remember sitting in the living room of my apartment in San Diego in the summer of 2012. My friend Greg had just gotten rid of his smart phone and traded it in for an old school flip phone. It looked so inconvenient to use. Texting looked like a burden, as did having to call in to listen to voicemails. It did not have access to the Internet. It made me nervous just to think about trying to use that thing to get my work done and keep in touch with friends. I thought I couldn’t live my life without a smart phone.
This might sound bold but I’m going to put myself out there.
Am I Southern California’s most water-conscious resident?
I use less than 5 gallons of water per day, harvest rainwater, poop in a compost toilet, shower in the ocean, and use most of my water at least twice!
I’m definitely doing my part to beat the drought but I’ll let this video do the rest of the talking for me:
I’m not going to talk about bottled water, gas-guzzling vehicles, or factory farmed hamburgers here. Those are just a few of the thousands of ways that most of us are destroying the earth. If you don’t give half a crap about anything but yourself the words ahead will probably mean nothing to you. But if you have even a little twinge in your belly that everything is not all right on earth then I suggest taking this seriously. These 11 ways to stop destroying the earth hit deep at the root of our thoughts, words, and actions.
In one month I create less trash than the average American creates in one day! This video shows how I manage to fit a months worth of my trash into a one-gallon zip lock bag!
At one point in my life I had about 7 credit cards. I played the point systems and was really good at avoiding fees while earning reward points for traveling. I flew to Indonesia, Colombia, Mexico, and throughout the USA for close to free just by using my card for transactions rather than cash. I would also shuffle money around between 0% interest cards so that I could have debt without actually paying much interest on it. This allowed me to do things that I wouldn’t actually be able to afford at the time and then work it off later (usually within 6-18 months as that was the length of the 0% intro APR’s). By canceling out cards and starting new ones I managed to work the system pretty well, all without breaking any of their rules. I didn’t morally support the companies, but I figured that by using them in my favor I could take much more from them than they were getting from me. In this manner I felt I was not really supporting them, but rather taking from “the man”.