This is a summary of my actions that have a negative impact on the earth, people, and critters. This list is not all encompassing and I’m certain that I am not aware of some of the burdens I outsource. I am certain that I screw up more than this list can explain. I don’t shame myself, though, because I have come a long way and will continue to work on these issues.
To create the world you wish to be a part of you must start from within. Leading by example is a very simple and effective means to influence your peers and community. Here are some simple ways to gain happiness and health for yourself while living a life that is beneficial to the earth and your community as well.
Imagine living a week solely on food from supermarket dumpsters and turning that food waste into healthy, gourmet meals. That’s exactly what Brian Blum and I will do with the 21 Gourmet Dumpster Meals project this week, focusing attention on the amount of food that goes to waste in our country (estimated at $165 billion annually) while providing tips people can use to eat ethically, healthy, andsustainably. Proving we can eat more deliciously and nutritiously than the average American solely off food we find tossed in dumpsters, we will also fill an entire fridge and a few cupboards, provide food to people on the streets and make a huge meal for friends and the public!
Kids learn from their elders. We are their role models and they do as they see. Let’s lead by example! Today, we’ll be at a local elementary school spending time with the children.
You voted on these 3 mini adventures on Facebook:
-Prepare a nutritious lunch for a classroom
-Tell stories of our adventures and teach earth friendly living.
-Work in the school garden.
Day 1 of Change the World is Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Day!
You voted on these 3 mini adventures on Facebook:
Reduce – Create no waste! Whatever we create we have to wear on our heads.
Reuse – Get an outfit from a secondhand store for less then $10.
Recycle – Clean up trash from the beach and recycle what we can.
Right now, I live off the grid in a very tiny house. I’ve taken earth-friendly living much further than I’d ever imagined and to many, my way of life is extreme. Of course, I know we’re not all going to live off the grid in tiny houses and most of us aren’t going to drastically change our lives overnight. But not that long ago, when I started to live a more earth-friendly life, I had a typical apartment and lived a pretty typical life. My transformation started with small changes to the way I was used to doing things, and just kept growing from there.
This is my house guide to sustainable, simple, and healthy living. These were all the building blocks that took me from Drunk Dude to Dude Making a Difference. All of these practices are good for the Earth, your community, and yourself and create health and happiness for all humans and creatures. I recommend making a list of all the things you want to start doing from this guide and hanging it on a prominent place on your wall. Start with the easier things that you can enjoy doing and then move to the more challenging ones. With each little success, you’ll feel more empowered to tackle the next challenge, and it will become more enjoyable and more exciting as you go! It’s all about taking it one day and one step at a time to get to where you want to be.
To most human beings, an individual ant means absolutely nothing. It is a minuscule insect among billions that appear exactly the same to the untrained eye.
Fellow humans, when you look at our existence within a greater perspective you will start to grasp that we are nothing more than the ants we perceive as insignificant. The earth is nothing but a speck of dust within an infinitely expanding space. In the grand scheme of existence each of us humans on this speck of dust are no more important than the bugs stuck to our windshields.
Live Happy. Live Healthy. Live Free. Live beyond yourself.
Beware! People will think you are awesome. You will be flooded with compliments, love, and appreciation. People will want to talk to you and be around you. Your life will have purpose and you will be passionate to be alive. You will be radiating smiles and health like never before. Please do not read on if that sounds like a bad idea to you.
Yeah, that’s right, the last shower I took was on April 20th, 2013, exactly 6 months ago. Why have I done something crazy like this? Well, the answer is simple: to conserve water. At first I thought it would be quite the challenge, but I learned quickly that I do not need water to pour out from a shower-head above me in order to stay clean. Water is naturally available all over and it cleans me just as well from a trickling creek, a rushing river, a placid lake, a pounding ocean wave, or dripping from the sky.
I realize that I probably mean nothing in the grand scheme of things. The human species is just a speck of dust on the earth’s timeline. What’s more, the earth is just a speck of dust in what we can see of an infinite space and time. Each one of our existences is just as minuscule as a drop of water in the ocean.