My name is Aliki and, like a lot of people, I have a vague sense of things not being right without really knowing what to do about it.
The world seems to be a bit broken at the minute, on many levels. We’re all very aware that our planet can’t sustain the way that we’re living forever, that there’s a terrible amount of inequality in the world and that we’re feeding into it by what we do and what we buy. It’s the painful realisation that we’re on the wrong track, hurtling towards a place we definitely don’t want to be.
Of course I don’t want it to be that way – in fact, I really do want to try and fix it, to try and make things better for us and for future generations. Now more than ever, we know the things that can really help to reduce our impact – boycotting companies that do the most environmental damage, reducing our emissions by shunning fossil fuel, becoming vegan…
The thing is, as much as I love the idea of giving up all the trappings of modern society and living a self-sustaining existence, it’s not going to happen.
I’m a realist and there’s a lot about my life that I don’t want to change and a lot of things that I know I won’t give up. Not having a car would make life in my household unfeasibly complicated. Sometimes the only way to reach far flung loved ones or see more of the world is through long haul flights. I really, REALLY like bacon.
That left me thinking that there was no point even trying to change, because the only changes I could hope to make would be purely superficial. You know the sort – the ones that leave you feeling self-righteous but make no real difference (I’m thinking of all the times I’ve smugly chosen a product because it’s got a picture of a leaf on the box, only to find out later that it is in fact incredibly un-eco-friendly).
It’s taken me some time to figure this out but these are not the only two options.
As much as fully embracing a zero impact way of life is an incredible thing to do, this is not an all-or-nothing situation, and for those of us who can’t or know they won’t commit to such a seismic lifestyle change, what is much more helpful is guidance on how to adapt our current lives in small yet meaningful ways.
So that’s what this is about – trying to find a way to live that’s realistic and sustainable, both in terms of being kinder to the environment and in terms of my ability to actually stick to it.
Although this is something I’ve been doing for a while now, it’s still very much an ongoing process. Join me in my journey and I hope that I can share some solid, practical advice about what works (and what doesn’t) as I try to live better.