‘Just where you are — that’s the place to start.’
— Pema Chodron
The single biggest lesson I’ve learnt this year in trying to live more sustainably? It’s a marathon, not a sprint. With this in mind, my ploy for 2018 — don’t get down about the state of our planet (it’s so easy to sink into that). Instead, relish the journey and celebrate the changes we make, however miniscule.
I’ve absorbed a huge amount this year, sometimes the mind boggles. Here are some of the standout words, images and voices that have uplifted, inspired, provoked serious thought, or left me haunted…
Carl Sagan’s timeless and beautiful Pale Blue Dot.
George Monbiot’s incisive writing. A political and environmental activist, he gets to the crux of where we might be going wrong, with his thoughts on our materialism particularly powerful. Have a read here and here (it’ll make you not want to buy anything ever again!).
Steve Cutt’s animations. These are bleak and will most definitely haunt your day, but so cleverly done:
The high priestesses of the Zero Waste movement
Whittling down our annual household waste to a single glass jar is most likely unattainable for most of us, but for inspiration, tips and some good old eye candy, check out the sites of Bea Johnson of Zero Waste Home and Lauren Singer of Trash is for Tossers.
Locally, there are some serious movers and shakers spearheading the zero waste movement:
- Colleen Black of a Life Lived Simply
- Jade Khoury of the Wild and Waste Free Co-op
- And the bright young things on Instagram showing us how it’s done:
2017 also saw the opening of Nude Foods in Cape Town, a plastic free grocery store. Can’t wait to check it out.
Zero waste is going to be where it’s at in 2018!
Who or what has inspired you to tread just a little lighter this year?