What is a "real, green life"?
What do I mean by “real and green”? Let me illustrate by sharing some comparisons...
"Business as usual," versus "real and green"
Business as usual
Real and green
Industrial farming and food manufacturing, supermarket food, fast food
Real food, grown in healthy ecosystems, local, slow, homemade
Giant monoculture farms, depleted ecosystems, shrinking biodiversity, dwindling top soil and disappearing indigenous knowledge
Small diverse farms, cottage industry, stable farming communities and ecosystems, room for indigenous people to continue their traditional lifestyles
A growth-at-all-costs economy dominated by a few giant corporations who sell to the entire world
A steady state economy dominated by millions of small businesses, serving local communities
Low-quality mass produced products, poorly paid workers, world-wide distribution
Locally made, fair trade goods, designed to last
Dependence on supermarkets, superstores, government institutions, and experts; loss of personal autonomy
Increasing self-reliance, learning to think for ourselves, re-building the skills of self-sufficiency
People living lives of quite desperation on the up-sizing treadmill
A meaningful life, with fewer possessions and richer connections to family, community, and nature
How might a real green life feel?
Imagine that you...
- ...have the tools you need to get your personal act together - you're equipped to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.
- ... could let go of that background hum of guilt, and replace it with a sense that what you can do, is enough.
- ... enjoy the satisfaction of meeting some of your needs in your own garden and kitchen, and feel good about where the rest of your food and consumables come from.
- … live well with less time and money spent in supermarkets and superstores, sidestepping business as usual and knowing that your family’s health and budget are in better shape as a result.
- … feel connected and centered within the relationships, communities and ecosystems you are part of, comfortable with the understanding that you are both supported by them, and also responsible for how your actions impact them.
Far from having "arrived," some of these items are among my greatest challenges.
That list goes some way to describing the kind of life I want to live.
Far from having "arrived," some of the items I just listed are some of my greatest personal challenges.
Every day I have moments of deep gratitude for how far I’ve come away from "business as usual," towards these "real and green" ideals.
And every day I also have moments where I fumble and stumble, lose track of where I'm going, mess up royally, and fall far short of my ideals.
The reasons I fumble and stumble are many, but three particular aspects of our culture are significant pitfalls for me, and for most of us. More on that on the next page in this Series.
Where to go next?
The pages in this "About" series are: