I recently stopped and took stock of my life, and the impact my movements had on not only my own future but the bigger global picture.
I think a lot of us are guilty of wanting. Of this need to have something a bit nicer, newer or bigger? And it’s not helped by the fact that we are living in a time when advertising is being shoved in our face, telling us that we will be happier when we buying “something”, normally something quite expensive.
Now, don’t get me wrong, we all need our luxuries but do we need it all? Do we need a second car, or a car for that matter?Personally, I would struggle without one but that doesn’t mean that I couldn’t figure something out, I mean we do have legs.
And it certainly wouldn’t mean that I would be missing out on happiness.
I recently found out what my carbon footprint score was. I was horrified. I was within the average population of the U.K., but that average is still 4 times greater than the world average. And even more terrifying is that we are living way beyond our means as the world average is much greater than it should be for a sustainable future!
I have always considered myself to be fairly environmentally aware, but obviously this is not enough. We have changed a few basics in our Hungarian house such as not using electricity and relying on solar power instead, trying to grow our own food ( a much slower process but worth it in the long run), using all our water sensibly, even if it means laundry water on the flowers! These small steps won’t neautralise our carbon footprint, but at least it’s a step in the right direction. Even our waste and recycling has decreased because we now look at rubbish with a different mindset, and it’s amazing how much can be re-purposed and reused!
In time we will hopefully install our home made wind turbine, run a hot water system from our wood burning stove, have a brood of free range animals to feed us and use more locally sourced products, ensuring a more fruitful and enjoyable future.