Not sound very inspiring? Well actually it is. Yesterday I read this article called Eco-Authenticity by Andrew J Hoffman, Education Director at the Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan. It’s about doing what we can whilst not getting paralysed by the lofty goals of Perfection.
Aligning our values with our actions brings its own rewards – feeling we are part of the solution and not the problem, opening us to new experiences and to new people doing interesting things.
Individual actions such as cycling to work or composting our food scraps will not save the world alone, but they are an essential part of the solution. We feel happier; together in community, our actions bring pressure for societal change; and we gain eco-authenticity in the eyes of others.
The challenge is to keep on making changes WHILST not judging ourselves OR each other for not doing it perfectly. As Hoffman states (by Voltaire I think) – Don’t let Perfect be the enemy of Good.
So let’s make 2019 one where we do our own personal good enough (for now at least) and encourage others to do theirs.
Happy New Year! May it be Splendidly Good Enough for us all!
My friend Danielle reminded me that Summer Solstice is coming soon. Here in New Zealand, this year it happens on Saturday 22nd December at 11.23am.
This longest day of the year is approaching far too fast for me! November was the wettest November on record in Dunedin. Not so much fun, but at least the fields are a vivid green (like my memories of Ireland).
In my own garden, soon the garlic will be dying down and ready to harvest. The red currents are ripening well. And for the first time, I will harvest pears from the fruit tree I grafted.
Next year, my bookings include another Homemade Cleaner Workshops independently and with Supergrans, at least one workshop on Office Composting through the Otago Chamber of Commerce, plans for interactive workshops on tree planting and appreciation … and more! The radio show Eco Living in Action will continue – and is back to a weekly slot!
If you want a sustainable practice workshop for your office, your organisation or in your community, I am your woman! Please get in touch.
I wish you a lovely Summer Solstice, Christmas and Happy Holiday Season.
In the build up to the Festive Season, I am offering to come to your workplace to run a fun one hour workshop called
No Trees Wasted at Xmas
In this participatory workshop, I show you how to make paper (and plastic) waste free gifts such as
Wax Cloth Wraps – can be reused many times to replace wrappng paper and clingfilm
Homemade cleaners – no more nasty chemicals and packaging
Homemade toothpaste – effective, waste free and low cost
This workshop is a fun activity that will get staff thinking about becoming waste free, making something to take away, and could precede some more indepth assistance with your sustainable workplace goals in the New Year – if you wish!
Please contact me to find out costs. Subsidies are available for individuals, not-for-profits and community groups.
I’d love to hear from you! For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or ring me on 021 206 3593