We ended up relocating (as many of you will know), so this wasn’t a small move for us We decided to relocate back to Derbyshire, where I personally grew up in the countryside! In this decision, we also chose to buy an older property, where it needed a lot of work. We felt this was a better option to a newer property, having weighed up the benefits for nature. It did mean that we were in for the long run & some very late nights however! We’ve been lucky in part, where we’ve managed to save money by uncovering wooden floors under old carpet. We live very minimally, so once the work has been done, we aren’t big tech folk, so we have lots of house plants & upcycled bits & bobs.
I said last year that 2020 was the year for vision & it certainly gave us that. Chaos, destruction & grief all in 12 months. Helping us to see how fragile our world is & how delicate our lives depend on the rest of the world.
The appreciation of nature grew & we all enjoyed the outdoors more than we ever realised. Yearning for a freedom, that for some (including us) is still not in clear sight.
If I have one wish for 2021, its that we now all start taking action. We’ve moved on so much over the last few years, with more & more people becoming aware of their impact & changing their lifestyle for the future of our planet.
It is within us to change & we hold the power to do so, for our future, for our planet, for our children, for nature.
Making Swaps shouldn't be difficult
There are so many options out there these days, that for me, conscious living is less of a trend (not that I ever believed that) & is now becoming a choice for many to live more sustainably, healthier & simpler.
Supermarkets are evolving & moving with the times finally, cutting down on plastic & adding more plant based options into the mainstream
Sustainability is becoming more affordable as more shift towards a zero waste lifestyle.
Sustainability needs to be inclusive
If 2020 taught us anything, we need to see our entire community. We need to open our minds & our hearts to each other.
We can’t have equality if we don’t treat everyone equally. Sustainable products need to be accessible & suitable for all. We need to be kinder to each other & our planet.
We need to be aware of the reality around us & realise that we can make a difference, but must change to put that into action collectively.
Education is paramount
I see so many people asking about what they can do to be more sustainable. It’s fantastic that challenge in society has evoked such a spark of enthusiasm. It needs to be simple for us all to understand & grasp.
Teachers are now teaching this in school, but more needs to be done for the rest of us. We also need to remember that not only do we hold the power to change, but we also hold the power of influence & can have a big impact on corporations if enough of us stand with one another to make a big enough impact.
Seems to me, that a lot of the people ‘in charge’ also need that education!
More needs to be done
We can’t now be complacent on our achievements to date. We need 2021 to be the year we all take action. If we start now, we can make a real change by 2030. If we don’t, who knows what our future may hold….
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“I am making this move… because, as we all know, the world is in trouble,” he said in his first video message on the social media platform.
“Continents are on fire. Glaciers are melting. Coral reefs are dying… The list goes on and on,” he continued.
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“Saving our planet is now a communications challenge,” the veteran broadcaster said.
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