Climate change has become one of the most concerning issues of our time. The rising earth temperature caused by a drastic increase in the emission of green-house gasses is not only a threat to humans but all species of this planet. It has become the need of the hour to take individual and collective actions to combat the climate crisis and save the mother planet. One of the most effective ways to do this is to adopt a minimalistic lifestyle.
Minimalism, as the name suggests itself means getting rid of all those things which do not add real value in our lives. Be it extra food, clothes, machinery, or an extra car, if the absence of these items would not make any significant difference in our lives then it’s time to reconsider our decision of owning them. After all, it would not only help us focus on what we need but also reallocate resources on the products that are sustainable, environment friendly, and easy on the budget.
As we live in a fast-paced world we are exposed to thousands of advertisements every day. Hence, our buying habits are heavily influenced to benefit the big corporations that thrive on the growing consumer demands. Secondly, since getting products on our doorsteps has become a matter of seconds, we do not think twice about our impulsive buying habits and its detrimental impact on the environment. This rampant consumption culture has led to the exploitation of natural resources, high emission of greenhouses gasses and production of non-recyclable items. Therefore, being mindful about what we invest in, the value it provides us and its greater impact on the environment will allow us to sustain a minimalistic lifestyle while we simultaneously play our role in environmental protection.
Another great way to jump on the minimalistic bandwagon is to share products rather than purchasing them. Be it party clothes that could be rented out or using carpooling services instead of using sperate means of transport, it would ensure efficient use of resources. For instance, four people sharing one car to get to the same place is better than the same people using four different means of transports to reach one destination. The sharing of vehicles will require less fuel consumption and release less fuel into the atmosphere while fulfilling the demands of consumers is an efficient way. Similarly, one can also rent out or travel by bicycle for short distances. Such practices not only prove to environment friendly but also helps save a few extra bucks.
Though there are many ways a minimalistic lifestyle could be adopted, minimalism does not require us to stop the consumption of all necessary products and start living life like Buddha. Hence, it is important to understand that minimalism rather focuses on using resources wisely and what can be wiser than investing in sustainable products and decluttering what does not provide us with real value. In the end, it all boils down to healthy habits such as using paper bags instead of plastic bags, recycling products at homes, and buying one less soft drink when possible.
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