As the world grapples with Covid-19 climate change is not going anywhere, just waiting, sitting on the back burner.
Is this our wake up call, where we switch from mindless consumption to value the time we have on this beautiful planet?
Earth Overshoot day is the day that marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year.
Everything we buy comes with a carbon footprint of some sort- trees for paper- oil for plastics- coal to run our factories.
According to the Global Footprint Network, Earth Overshoot Day has moved up the calendar by two months over the past 20 years to 29 July in 2019, the earliest date ever. Source WWF Earth Overshoot Day
What is STUFF?
Stuff: collection of things not needing to be specified, valueless matter, trash, non-sense Australian Oxford Dictionary
Imagine if we stopped buying stuff that does not add value to our lives, business, social structure and invested in, quality over quantity, reusable over disposable, legislated for Right to Repair to move away from designed obsolescent?
The health of our planet is not the only benefit from not buying STUFF, the fact is life is too short to be looking for stuff. Avoiding the temptation to buy stuff is easier said than done, with promises from advertising that things make us feel good, live longer, find love, if we buy the product or service.
Tempted by the bargain or buy one get one free, how do we say no thank you and refuse this stuff access to our lives.
Did you know
It takes between 7600 lt of water to produce a pair of jeans, on average 5lt of water to produce one piece of A4 paper and sandals to safety boots the carbon foot print ranges from 1.3kg to 25.3kg of CO2. That’s something to think about
Live Well with Less Stuff
Stuff that clutters our lives can add stress, anxiety and make us feel depressed. Research from the United States in 2009, for instance, found the levels of the stress hormone cortisol were higher in mothers whose home environment was cluttered. Source Sage Journals
In 2011, neuroscience researchers using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) and other physiological measurements found clearing clutter from the home and work environment resulted in a better ability to focus and process information, as well as increased productivity. Source RACGP
“We don’t have time to waste worrying about stuff”