Little Ways to Enjoy Life Whilst Helping the Planet
As the world wakes up to the precarious position of our planet and natural resources, we are starting to become better at protecting Mother Earth. Recycling is now a widely accepted and accessible way to dispose of rubbish; thrifting, buying second-hand and seeking vintage finds are all trendy ways to consume fashion; and offsetting our carbon footprints is becoming a regular way of life through carefully chosen airlines and energy companies.
However, sometimes it can feel a little bit overwhelming, trying to live our best lives and save the world at the same time. So, we’ve put together an easy guide on how to enjoy life whilst still making small moves towards existing in a more sustainable space. None of these suggestions should cost a lot of time, money or energy, and they’ll all go some way towards making sure that your leisure time doesn’t cost the earth.
It seems to have been the buzzword of the summer, but what exactly is a staycation? There is some confusion around whether you have to remain in your home city, or even your home country, in order for your holiday to qualify. Well, the simple answer is that there are no hard and fast rules around staycations, but it generally refers to a break where you stay closer to home and certainly don’t travel by plane.
In island nations like the UK, remaining on the mainland yet crossing a border from Scotland into England, for example, would still count as a staycation. However, for Europeans, it might be a bit of a stretch to say that a trip from Portugal to Poland still qualifies just because, technically, you’re still on the same land mass. The idea is to save on the amount of fossil fuels used, lessen the negative impact on your chosen destination, and give you lots more time to rest and recuperate. The less time spent travelling, the more time spent relaxing!
Whilst you’re enjoying that hard earned relaxation time, you’ll want something to keep you occupied as you rest up. Getting stuck into a good book on your Kindle or finally binging the latest TV shows on Netflix are both tempting options, but when you want something that keeps your brain a little more engaged whilst still offering leisure time, then online gaming is where it’s at. Platforms like Steam, PokerStarsCasino and Stadia are all stuffed full of great gaming titles that can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, using your own phone, tablet or laptop. The benefits of online gaming like this include a reduced carbon footprint as you’re using existing technology that you already own and there’s no need for you to visit a bricks-and-mortar gaming establishment that needs lighting, air conditioning and other potential taxes on the planet. This is great news as it means that you can enjoy all the benefits of your favourite games, safe in the knowledge that your impact on the environment will be much smaller when playing from the comfort of your own sofa (or pool lounger!).
Walking and Running
The human body is designed to travel long distances on foot; we are built for stamina and to be able to walk or run to wherever we need to go. However, this often gets overlooked in modern times as we have become over-reliant on motor transport to get us from A to B. Of course, there are some instances when travelling by foot is just not possible because the distance is too great and the time window too small.
Walking or running is a great way to get in an enjoyable daily exercise though, and it’s the perfect opportunity to carve out a little ‘me time’ without even thinking too hard about what you’re doing. Taking a walk (even if you’re walking to work!), requires nothing except your own body and willingness to show up for yourself. It’s also one way in which you can lessen your personal impact on the environment around you; by choosing person-power over cars, buses or trains, you are scoring another point for the earth.
Although we’ve only mentioned a few ideas in this article, they should spark further solutions in your own mind to solve the problem we’re currently experiencing with the state of the planet. It’s easy to take for granted this place we call home, but with a few small changes to our everyday lives, we can help to ensure that it will stick around for longer. It’s too much for one person to take on alone, but if we all work together then the plants, the trees, the animals and our fellow human beings will all be much better off. So, why not call up your best friend, your partner, your colleague right now and start the conversation?