Our theme this month is on collaboration – innovative ideas of people coming together to make the earth a better place, waste less or somehow challenge the overuse of resources.
Today we are exploring the radical life decision of Adam Baker, and the community surrounding him, who decided to sell everything he owned to pay off his family’s consumer debt and live a life where he can make decisions based on what he cares about.
We hear a lot of people say that they can’t afford to care for the environment, buy organic, shop fair-trade or spare time to compost/garden or ride their bikes. However, it is sometimes difficult to look at our own lives, habits and priorities with an objective perspective to evaluate where we could actually make small, positive changes. The temptation seems to be to buy cheaply made, one-time use items which are not necessarily in line with our ethics but are super convenient and affordable.
Yet more stuff in your life will not grant you happiness and ultimately often ends up overcrowding the local landfill. Check out Adam’s Ted Talk on “Doing What You Love”…
Of course not everyone can take such drastic measures to change their lifestyle but each one of us is able to make a changes happen when we want to. So gather a few friends, decide what you each could change in your lives to reduce your waste, increase your health or somehow make the earth a better place… and take action as a group! Support and accountability can take us a long way.
Read more about Adam “man vs. debt” here.