Pic by Melanie Holtsman

It’s Friday night and, after being out most of the week I don’t mind being home alone, also thanks to a recurrence of back pain that kept me awake last night.

I had read for a while “One More Ride On The Merry Go Round“, and as it always happens when I’m reading Terzani, I feel a great desire of Asia, of writing and this time also of experiencing, one day, a colon cleansing retreat.

I have been thinking for a long time about writing this article, because so many people are disillusioned thinking that there’s nothing we could do to make this World a better place.

Or that landing a rover on another planet is more important than taking care of our own.
Or that our family, our business and maybe our local community are the sole responsibilities we have.

So much feeling of weakness and powerlessness in front of the big illness of planet Earth are really justified?

But if the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas (Butterfly effect) imagine what you can do when shopping at the local grocery store!

So I invite to think twice. Every action counts. Everything we do, now more than ever, has a worldly impact.

After 33 years of experimentation here are 5 simple habits that allow you to contribute in the World salvation:

  1. Eat less meat. I just finished the serrano ham left by my friend Gianluca in my fridge, but I still support the weekday veggie movement. Check my previous post if you still don’t know the effect of industrialized meat production!
  2. Navy showers. Netherlands will never have this problem, but in some other countries the water shortage is a real issue. Better be prepared for some water and energy conservation being comfortable with taking navy showers.
  3. Pee in the shower. OK, that’s the most controversial one. But if you pee and then shower as part of your morning routing, why not combine things and save 6-10 Liters of water? Alternative for guys: pee in the sink.
  4. Drink water from the tap. Good chances are that the water from your tap is drinkable. So you can get a metal bottle, virtually eternal, and save the World the effort to produce and dispose of zillions of plastic bottles across the globe.
    Do you know the Pacific Garbage Patch (or Trash Vortex)?
  5. Your turn. I would have felt too arrogant if I had really pretended to tell the 5 habits to save the World… but I only know 4 🙂
    I leave it to you. What the 5th habit should be?

Following those simple habits not only I give a great contribution to the World, but I also feel good so that I can close one eye over the rest of the bad habits I have. Highly recommended!

 

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Written by Daniele
Hi, I’m Daniele! In April 2012 I quit my full-time IT job to pursue entrepreneurship and a location independent lifestyle.