There are SO many different ways that one can choose to live. While there is no right way to live, I think that we can all agree that there are wrong ways to live. Just to give a few examples; murdering, stealing, lying, cheating etc.
I want to extend this concept of the “wrong way to live” a little further with respect to sustainability. As humans, we can consume what the earth provides to us endlessly without regarding how we dispose of the things we consume. We can throw everything we use into one big landfill without separating it into Trash, Recycling and Compost. Since we are busy worrying about other things in our technologically driven society, we neglect the basics of how our existence can affect the environment. When we throw everything into the trash we are “killing” the earth. Remember, we are only as healthy as our environment can provide for us. If we live in a polluted environment, more people are going to get sick. This whole concept is directly in line with “living with intention.”
Since I moved to Berkeley, my values for sustainability have been far more than supported. I have learned a ton in the past 4 weeks about the way that I want to live for the rest of my life. The City of Berkeley makes living sustainably a priority. Each house has separate Trash/ Recycle/ Compost bins for weekly pick up. There is also an excellent public transportation system. I guess my favorite thing about this little funky town is the amount of people who walk/bike as part of their daily commute. The city has designated “biking boulevards” which divert car traffic to different routes in order to make the roads accessible for bike commutes. There are also an indoor complimentary (sponsored by the city !!) bike parking lots located outside of all the main train stations.
So now that you have read this article, what do you do with this inspiration? Even if the city you live in isn’t as sustainably supportive as Berkeley, (which it is most likely not) there are things that you can be doing differently in your daily life.
Recycling is a great first step!
Next, try walking anywhere that is less than 1.5 miles away from you and try biking anywhere that is 3 miles or less away from you. Once you get used to an outdoor commute, you will be able to extended those distances further.
Step three is research a composting option that is viable for your living situation.
While you may not be able to directly see how living sustainably directly affects your life or the life of future generations, you can be 100% sure that there is no flaw in this type of lifestyle. Living with intention is the way to go. You are not harming anyone or the environment by living sustainably, you are simply helping the problem!