In 2020, New Zealand was supposed to be carbon neutral and organic!
In 2000, at the Soil and Health Association New Zealand Conference, more than 400 delegates designed a pathway for ‘making Aotearoa New Zealand organic by 2020’.
In 2007, the book Carbon Neutral by 2020 was published describing clearly and practically which steps New Zealand can take to tackle climate change. From home renovation, carbon neutral living, to transport, renewable energy, organic agriculture, politics, sustainable design, solutions exist.
However, not enough people followed these pathways, yet. And so today, the first day of 2020, we wake up to a hazed sky, due to climate change catastrophe happening in Australia. I see it as a message from the Earth, Gaia’s wake-up call. We need to act. We need to change.
We need to mitigate climate change (=reduce the speed of change) to give us (and as many beings as possible) the time to adapt to it.
Everyone, at home, at work, businesses, local and central government, organisations, each of us, we can decide to change the way we do things so that the planet can restore itself to continue to sustain us. We have lots to do to catch up. Small things, large things…
Today I decided to never buy tea bags again! Loose tea or preferably garden tea, flavours harvested from nature as the season goes. Expected result: free and ever changing tea.
Last week, our household collectively decided to never throw food away (in the compost or bokashi of course -but still a waste). So we became more aware of the fridge content to use food when it is fresh. And we reintroduced our own version of the gloubi-boulga: Cut every vegetable and savoury not-too-fresh food in dice in an oven dish. Stir in leftovers. Cover with generous layers of grated cheese. Cook for 40mn in oven at 180C. Result: Always a delicious surprise!
Big change could be to pledge that your next vehicule will be electric. Then you start exploring the market and discover lots of interesting things, including that these cars are not much more expensive! Result: experience the priceless satisfaction to go around town, silently and without pollution.
These simple examples show how easy change is and how pleasing the results are. So go ahead, just decide to change. Change is good!
Embrace change! Have fun!
There are thousands of ways described in countless books and websites, just google “eco-friendly” or “sustainable living”, or ask us for help.