I’m excited to share with you my new blog, The Joy of Eco-Friendly Living. A platform for sharing thoughts and ideas on living a mindful, earth friendly and fulfilling life through the power of making the right decisions. I started this blog with you the reader in mind — because I found that my experiences and concerns are shared by so many. I believe that by making a few positive changes in our lives, we can live responsibly and in harmony with nature which is a joyful reward in itself.
Sure, the governments, the big corporations need to do something about it. But what about the rest of us? I believe that change can and should start from us individually.
With that in mind, I decided to write this series of easy-to-read blogs on mindful, eco-friendly living - and the joy and fulfillment it can bring each one of us. I am certainly no expert on the topic, just a concerned and responsible citizen who believes in leaving a clean, healthy environment for future generations. I am here to learn as much as you, so please do feel free to share ideas, feedback, tips etc. so that we all may benefit. Thank you!
January 2020 : Eco-friendly Living: Recognising the Need for Change
As humans, we instinctively know that a clean, sustainable environment is good for everyone. Less pollution, less waste, more recycling and using biodegradable materials is better than living with a large carbon footprint. But how many of us give serious thought to actually living a responsible, eco-conscious lifestyle? The reasons are not hard to find. Many of us don’t know where to start, we think it’s too hard, or it’s too expensive to change our habits. And so, we keep making unsustainable choices.
Although we want to do better, but are too busy living our lives. So when we think about living sustainably, we typically think about personal sacrifice (“what will I have to give up in my life?”). Does preserving the environment always have to mean personal sacrifice? Maybe yes - but only in the short term.
Once we get used to the change, it can actually be very fulfilling. Knowing that we’re doing our best to keep the environment healthy and that it will continue to provide for us and our future generations is a very comforting thought.. Environmental sustainability thus enhances our personal emotional well being. There are multiple other advantages, but we will talk about them another day!
Where do we start?
You might ask, “sure, I do want to live more responsibly and recognise the need for change. But where do I start?”... or, “I already do what I can. What else should I do?”
Here are a couple of simple tips to start living an eco-friendly lifestyle:
- Be mindful: Give some thought to becoming more aware about the need for change.
- Decide to learn: Educate yourself on how you can personally make a difference
Also, do check these great resources to learn more: