People influencing the earth
It seems people are more interested listening passively to news about the environment, climate or consumer society instead of acting. Has the (mass) consumption turned our heads?
Without consumption, nothing is going on in our world today, without it our economic system would collapse. In order to keep it that way, the economy always thinks up new attractive incentives and makes us spending money on that tasty. More products are needed and part of a modern household, the advertising or commercials on TV suggests. Plastic is omnipresent, so the garbage problem is getting bigger all the time. As early as the 1980s, a counter-current is also developing. Many people are committed to the environment. The eco-movement is finding more and more friends and the first health food stores are opening in the cities. A different kind of consumers stand up. More critical, green consumers who want to get away from mass consumption.
There are many tips to easily participate in a "better" world, even if it's just a small step.
"In the middle of the 20th century, we saw our planet for the first time from out of space. Historians once will say that this sight has had more to do with opinion of the world than the 16th century Copernican revolution. Nevertheless, it was proved that the Earth is not the centre of the universe, this fundamentally knowledge changed the worldview of man.
From space we see a small fragile sphere, not dominated by human activity and buildings, but by a network of clouds, seas, green areas and soil. Human inability to adapt its actions to this structure fundamentally changes the planet's systems. Many of these changes are accompanied by life-threatening dangers. This new reality, from which there is no escape, must be recognized and mastered. "
Many people in Germany are not happy, or dissatisfied with their work and the circumstances of their lives. Not only housing or "existence" makes their life difficult and endanger health. Diseases such as depression and burn-out are now occurring in all strata of society. There is a lot of initiative in society to get involved for a change. Example: food sharing, couchsurving or urban gardening and much more.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their future and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.
Freedom and individuality - not just opportunities for dropouts
For a life as a dropout, in whatever form, speaks the debate with their own ecological footprint. This measures the effects on the climate and the environment that causes one's own behaviour. Being self-sufficient on your own means hard work and if you still need to earn money for rent and health insurance, this lifestyle is a full-time job.
An active examination of the origin of food and consumer goods is an important step against waste and unnecessary abundance. These considerations are recommended for every household, as they reflect their own consumption behaviour. It is important not to underestimate the requirements and obligations of the life as a drop-out. All other areas of life are covered by a growing supply for ecologically aware people. Food and clothing can be picked up for free at so-called free shops or at food-sharing locations. The self-determined life as a self-sufficient person is not limited to food cultivation, but rather to other conditions such as creative thinking, how to solve problems easily , create a secure housing,.
"People Care" is one of the three ethical principles of permaculture. The concept of permaculture was developed by the Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. Bill was awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize. Many approaches exist, because the environment is a hot item in several areas of sustainable living. Personally, letting oneself in, expressing oneself or doing something contributing to a better world. How can we shape social contexts in our lives, working in a project group or living in community or neighbourhood? Aim is: it inspires our sustainable lives, have more fun with/in natural life, have responsible and balanced existence. Permaculture thinks in networks and cycles where energy, water, nutrients and information are provided and used efficiently, thus permitting the permaculture concept to contribute in its entirety. The permaculture approach empowers who you are and what you can do to shape your world and reorient your life step by step.
Another view at life and Minimalism you can find in the Tiny-house Movement. tiny house movement
Let's remember that economy and ecology have the same root word, because they are derived from the Greek word "oikos" (the house). Let's try together, so our common house does not suffer any more damage.