100% sustainable – is it possible?

This is the first post in a series titled “100% sustainable – is it possible?”. I hope you enjoy my analysis of different lifestyles, their ecological impact, and the possibility of humanity achieving sustainability.

Germany is well on its way to achieving 100% renewable energy. It plans to be 100% renewable by 2050.

Several cities in Australia and New Zealand plan to follow suit, indicating we may not be far behind.

But – and this is a HUGE “but” – achieving 100% renewable energy doesn’t mean the same thing as 100% sustainable. A country can achieve 100% renewable energy and:

– still have huge numbers of gas-guzzling cars on the streets

– still have huge waste management problems

– still have an unsustainable food supply chain

– still be earning income from unsuatainable, earth-damaging industries.

Achieving 100% renewable energy is one thing. Solving the problems associated with oil are is another...

Achieving 100% renewable energy is one thing. Solving the problems associated with oil are is another…

Simple living so others may simply live

The answers aren’t easy. But if we’re serious about solving the problems of climate change and environmental damage – if we’re serious about leaving an inhabitable earth behind for generations to come – we need to find solutions to these, and other, problems.

We need to learn to live simply so others may simply live.

Where to begin

When I first bought my farm, I thought that leaving the city behind and starting a new life was the sustainable option.

I was wrong.

Over the course of the next few posts, I want to talk about the city versus country decision and all that goes with it, as well as decisions regarding where to live that generally affect sustainability as well as family budget.

I’ll also be talking about how, in light of the last few years of experience, I believe that small cities – NOT “megacities” are the way of the future, and discussing how and why we can move to this option. I’ll also talk about “relocalizing” your own economy if you live in a big city and don’t want to move, or can’t move.

And I’ll be talking about how the decisions we make every day can impact how sustainable we are, and how by changing small decisions we can have a huge impact on both our budgets and on the wellbeing of the planet.

I’m an optimist. I always have been. I believe we – humanity – can find a path forward through our problems. But we need to change, and we need to change fast.

I want to talk about how to do that, and how to create better, happier lives for ourselves on a healthy world that has enough for everyone.

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