Sustainable Living | 3 Easy Ways To Start

An iceberg weighing hundreds of billions of tons is currently on the course to collide into a penguin island. The impact from one of the world’s largest icebergs could kill marine life from the ocean floor, crushing coral, plankton and sponges.

The Artic Circle recorded its highest ever temperature this year.

Global sea level is increasing as is ocean warming, ocean acidification and oxygen deoxygenation.

Increase in Floods, Droughts, Heatwaves and Wildfires across the globe.

Climate variability and extreme weather events are among the key drivers of the recent rise in global hunger and one of the leading causes of severe crises.

We’ve been passing the buck around for so long on climate change – leaving it to the (incompetent) governments around the world to find a solution for something that we all contribute to in so many ways everyday. According to some estimates we have just 7 years to take action on climate change before it becomes irreversible.

Metronome’s clock in Manhattan illustrates a critical window for action to prevent the effects of global warming from becoming irreversible.

I get that working on a sustainable lifestyle takes some effort from finding the right products to cutting down on unnecessary things. It is the beginnings that are the toughest, so here are some easy suggestions for where you can start from-

  1. Form your own Climate Change Crew (CCC) – Find like minded friends, family members, colleagues and form a crew that motivates each other to be more sustainable. My sister, best friend and I have formed such a crew. Not only does it help with staying on course but it also gets more exciting and fun when you work with others. How can they help?
    • They remind you to carry a reusable mug/shopping bag while heading to meet them for coffee/shopping
    • Sharing items in your household that you’re bored with/regret buying but they might want
    • Go shopping at thrift stores together
    • Share new brands/products/methods that are sustainable with each other
    • Help you put a stop to excessive shopping and fast fashion
    • Setup reasonable goals/challenges as a group and help each stay on course
  2. Join a Green Movement – NOW! is having a Green December initiative for people across the world. The initiative is fairly simple – they set up a daily goal for anyone participating and you can share your stories with them on twitter and other social media. The daily goals are simple doable ones like not eating meat for a day or planting a tree or cleaning your mailbox. I know its half way through the month but you can still join the movement here. There are many other movements like this – join one whose goals match yours and start easy and simple so that you don’t get demotivated early on. If you like a challenge, ask your friends to join in to make it even more fun.
  3. Subscribe to a mailer from any green initiative – If the first two step seem very intimidating, just start with subscribing to a mailer from any green initiative and actually read the mails. These will definitely help in motivating you as well as give you ideas about how to go about changing your lifestyle.

With 2020 coming to close very soon, lets all make being more sustainable a goal for 2021. Start now, start somewhere, start slow but start! The expectation isn’t to be 100% sustainable – the goal is to find ways where you can easily be sustainable and make changes there. If we all become even 50% more sustainable than we are now – we can reverse some of the ill effects of climate change that our home planet is facing now.

Think about these cute penguins if you need any motivation
(C) Stefan Christmann – Photographer: Stefan Christmann

Stay safe and sustainable!

PS: Not a fun post in the middle of all the Blogmas posts but here’s hoping it will make some change. Be the change you want to see? 🙂

If this blog motivated you, checkout my other blogs on sustainability –

10 ways to be “SUSTAINABLE” on the cheap!

Moving To Alternate Menstrual Products

Climate Change and YOU!

Sustainable Fashion and Us

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29 Comments Add yours

  1. Nivithasri says:

    Much needed post. Thanks for sharing ❤

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Thank you for reading! ❤ I hope it helps people with ideas on where to begin. 🙂

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  2. tanvibytes says:

    My dad mentioned this last night, it is very sad! 😞 Although, great tips, thanks for sharing! 💚

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      It is so sad! My siblings and I were discussing this last weekend. It is crazy how we don’t have the technology to stop such a thing yet! :/
      Thanks for reading! ❤

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  3. I saw that clock last time I went to New York. It’s like a doomsday cock. Kinda scary 😦

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Happy Panda says:

      I hope it scares everyone into taking note! I haven’t been the most conscious person but 2020 has helped me be more aware.

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  4. Excellent tips. We need to create as much awareness as possible because we are clearly in crisis!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Thank you! I truly believe that if we all make even a 15-20% improvement in our current ways, we can make a big change together! 🙂

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  5. Her says:

    Everyone should seriously consider the footprint we are leaving behind. Unfortunately not everyone thinks the same! Which is sad! By the time they do, hope it’s not too late

    Nice, thought provoking post 🐼

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Happy Panda says:

      True! I hope slowly we can influence the people around us to be more conscious.

      Thank you for reading. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

  6. asthaisha says:

    Excellent post 🙌 thankyou for sharing ❣️

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  7. Toma Ruh says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing this!! So many easy ways that can have huge impact if more people put the effort!

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  8. sonali4465 says:

    It’s very easy to recycle items, to not use plastics, to plant trees but people don’t do it. Even if there are laws like plastic ban etc., it will not be effective until people realises on their own. 😓

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Totally agree with you. 😊

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  9. Juliette says:

    I love the idea of having a Climate Change Crew! It is so fun and super motivating! I will definitely take this idea and do it with friends/family 😊 We can all do even small things to reverse this alarming situation the world is in, and that’s what Green December shows! I am taking part too and even though I am not very active on social media, I still do every action each day 😊 Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Thank you so much!

      I joined the Green December movement because of you. So thank you for that idea! I’m not very active on social media instead so I just do the task and pat my back. 😊

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      1. Juliette says:

        I’m super happy if my post encouraged you to participate! 😊 I’m also not very active but it gives great prompts and ideas to help the environment for sure! 😊

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  10. Happy Panda says:

    Thank you for reading. I hope people do make the effort.😊

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  11. Thanks for the tips!
    – TishGirl❤️

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Thank you for reading! Hope the tips were useful! 🙂

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      1. Of course! I’ll be sure to try them out!
        – TishGirl❤️

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  12. Jake says:

    Great tips! It doesn’t have to be difficult to get started with sustainable living 🙂 Even the smallest change helps!

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