Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I may remember. But involve me and I’ll understand. — Chinese Proverb
As folks around the nation celebrate with friends and family, how about we all take this opportunity to share with one another what baby steps (or giant ones) that we have taken to become more independent from mass consuming culture and the corporate controls of our food, energy, fuel, water and our lives.
As Americansm we value our freedoms; however, these days we find ourselves entrapped, tied to system that is set on keeping us dependent.
A helpful guidepost for a more sustainable lifestyle is found at 10 Elements of Urban Homesteading
We’ll kick things off. So far, the small changes made this year (I am sure, um, I know there’s more but it’s a start:
1. Reclaimed time, stepping back and gaining more hands on experiences
2. Reduced water with installation of graywater to garden
3. Creative re-purposing. Bed sheets to aprons.
5. Buying wisely – goods for life. Make conscious purchases. Do we really need that, how long will it last or can I make that myself.
6. Homegrown economy, less dependent on restaurant sales, which could turn out in the long run to be a fickle source of income. Instead, focus on more the front porch farm stand.
Small steps have a large impact.
Care to share what steps you have taken or would like to take in 2010.
How are you bringing the revolution home?