Humanity is at its peak; if you live in the United States you represent the top 1% of the world's population. Everywhere, we have more than ever before and we need to do less to get it.
Yet... What if much of this progress has been funded with the equivalent of 'borrowing on credit," living beyond our means?
We only have one earth to share.
Our current path is unsustainable; our worldview has become our biggest existential threat.
It is up to us to redirect our ingenuity. Let's take action today and keep the future bright!
In only five generations - since your grandparents’ grandparents - we have created possibly the biggest threat to our survival: carbon pollution.
In the prior 200,000 years that humans have lived, carbon pollution did not exist. And if the rest of the world were to achieve the American standard of carbon use, we would need five Earths!
We must re-apply our ingenuity towards living a life free from burning carbon.
The top 1% of Americans own more than the bottom 90%.
Debt is at or near record levels and 40% of Americans don't have $1000 saved for an emergency.
The ‘I’ economy has replaced empathy, leaving people feeling alone and unable to get ahead. And, in the US, as loneliness is rising, so are suicides.
Access to capital (wealth) and opportunity for education are necessary for self-fulfillment. We need to work together and take care of one another.
We are continously being sold more than we need, replacing what is necessary with what is convenient.
Each day we generate mountains of garbage; oceans will soon contain more pieces of plastic than fish.
If we, as the world's richest 20%, consume 80% of the resources, we should be the first to act.
We can drive the changes needed. But, first we have to accept that we need to change.
Whether for the week, the month, or forever, join us and inspire others to make a change. Add your ideas to the list - no effort is too small!
I try that I need less plastic and less water disappears and therefore I only shower for 3 minutes! Only drive around with my e-bike.
I promise to use plastic/paper single-use 'to-go' boxes & plant atleast 2 plants each year
I promise to only use reusable bags from recycled materials and shop from my local farmers.
I promise to eat my breakfast in reusable containers.
I have skipped my Company financed car and built a S-pedelec e-bike. I commute on that and I promise not to return to the old way of going to work
I promise to reuse bags when shopping, or try to use environmentfriendly bags. Also will try to reduce the daily amount of litter in the house.
This past year, I decided I wanted to stop being a net-consumer of the world so I needed to make some big changes. I built an electric bicycle that I ride everywhere - in fact, my oil change sticker says I have only put 2000 miles on my suv in the past year! I think about what I eat, what I buy, and what I throw away each day.
On October 9th, I will embark on a cross-country trip on my e-bike. My plan is to stop along the way and talk to people I don't know, asking them their thoughts on consumerism, society and carbon pollution. I want to hear their perspectives, and hopefully elicit change.
Take a look at my planned course and if I’ll be in your area, come on out and let’s talk!
If you want to do more, we think our partners below are a great place to start.
Mavio Labs is small software design & engineering company focused on building data-driven web based mobile solutions in an AI-first world.
Grin Technologies Ltd. is a small Canadian engineering company based in Vancouver that is dedicated to advancing the state of after-market electric bicycle conversion kits.
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