When I set up my blog earlier this year to write about our sustainable jouney, I can honestly say I had no idea who or how many people were actually doing this stuff out there. The more I blog the more I become connected with other like minded people that are not only making the necessary changes to reduce their own footprint but are trying to influence others so they too can reduce their impact on the planet.
One of the many waves of change I’m seeing is a move towards self-reliance, particularly within the urban environment. It’s about re-learning basic survival skills like home food production, water collection and storage, on-site waste management, cooking from scratch, meal planning and budgeting. It’s about living simply, spending less, living a healthy, chemical free life, and learning and implementing a range of traditional homemaking skills.
Throughout my life I’ve dabbled in ‘green’ living on and off but for one reason or another, I’ve never really given myself the time to shift it into full gear. This green thing, it’s been like a dormant imprint in my brain, just waiting for the right time to ‘come out’ and I have no explanation for the timing of it’s release, but boy does it feels empowering.
I’ve done the organic food and clothes shopping thing, carried placards at the climate change marches, seen and read Al Gore’s book and movie, followed Bob Brown, attended climate change forums, read the permaculture books, seen David Suzuki speak, had heated debates with friends, procrastinated and exercised hypocrisy. I’ve grown a few veggies on and off and have been interested in homemaking skills for as long as I can remember. I’ve tinkered in basic carpentry, learnt to use power tools, I’ve sewn, knitted, pottered and spun but apart from cooking from scratch, they’ve all been rather intermittent occupations.
Finally, with the right partner, the time has come to embrace this change and re-engage those dormant skills. I want to get the message out there that it’s not okay to rest on our laurels and I’m determined to contribute to making even the smallest of difference to our planet, a big difference to our lives and hopefully that of our kids and theirs too.
I hope you’ll stay with me on my journey. It’s bound to be an interesting ride with lots of ideas and stories along the way, our Permaculture garden being just one of them. I hope you might be inspired to rethink and reshape the way you live.