I laughed when I read this title. It’s true though, it doesn’t take much to live sustainably and even the laziest person can make a difference. Ad Vitam was build on that premise. You and I need to be the change we wish to see, as cliché as it is. In theory it all sounds and looks great, but it doesn’t do anything. You have to take ACTION.
We have been conditioned to believe that as individuals we have no power or influence and that we are victims to our circumstances and environment. It couldn’t be further from the truth, it’s the greatest lie ever told. The easiest way to control people is to make them believe they are powerless. Infuse a little fear into it and you are good to go, have free range to do whatever you want and further monetize on it. You can transfer this formula to many industries and areas of life. I am sure some come to mind.
So yes, YOU have so much power. You are the creator of your reality. To be a responsible global citizen means to realize that your actions effect everyone and everything in your environment. One of our responsibilities is sustainability. If we look at the definition it says:
Sustainability is based on the principle that everything we need for our survival and well-being depends, directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and preserve the conditions under which humans and nature can live in effective harmony to support present and future generations.
The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World was released by the UN (United Nations) and is based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). They are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. Below is an image of the PDF version that you can download here.
There are 4 Levels to the guide:
Level 1: THINGS YOU CAN DO FROM YOUR COUCH
Level 2: THINGS YOU CAN DO AT HOME
Level 3: THINGS YOU CAN DO OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE Level 4: THINGS YOU CAN DO AT WORK
It will take you only 10 minutes max to read it. The UN has done a great job in putting this practical guide together. It is very easy to follow. The PDF image below is not as complete as the full guide, but it gives you an overview.
If you are not reading the guide and only look at the PDF picture, I would like to highlight something under Level 2 that doesn't show in the pic. What I see Americans do a lot is rinsing dishes before using the dishwasher. As an European I never quite understood that by the way. That’s what the dishwasher is for, so you don’t have to do it??? The report picks up on that and says NOT to rinse your plates if you are using the dishwater before running the machine. ;).
The second thing I would like to share with you is a documentary called “Home”.
It is about our planet Earth and how humans are changing it. It’s beautiful, tragic but full of hope. The documentary is from 2009 but is just as relevant today, or even more.
Let me know what you think!