Hello, friends! I’m so glad you’re here! Let me introduce you to my family’s new sustainable living at home blog. We created it to document our journey to live a more sustainable life. We are an eco family (in progress).
As you’ve probably heard, the UN scientific panel on climate change issued a dire report in October, 2018. According to the panel of 91 scientists from 40 countries around the world, we are likely to experience dramatic damage to our global ecosystem very soon, unless we make some drastic sustainable living changes.
In fact, the scientists say that by 2040, climate change could transform the global economy so fast and by such a great amount, there is no comparable example in the history of the world.
The culprit, of course, is greenhouse gas emissions. If we continue to pump carbon into the atmosphere at the rate we’re going now, the atmosphere will warm by an estimated 2.7 degrees above pre-industrial levels by 2040.
Here’s what that would look like to all of us people down here on Earth:
- Hotter average temperatures in most places. By 2050, you can expect your average summer and winter temps to be 4 to 5 degrees higher. In 2050, my oldest daughter will be the age I am now. My youngest will only be 35.
- You’ll also see longer stretches of extreme weather. Think heatwaves with 30 days in a row of 90 degree, humid weather.
- Lots more heavy rain and snow storms in some places. In others, you’ll have droughts.
- Sea levels will rise so much that small island nations will be completely wiped out. Low-lying coastal towns will experience severe flooding, and eventually be wiped out as well.
- Lots of species of animals, plants, and insects will go extinct. All of those species serve a purpose. If they go extinct, we’ll have less food, more wildfires, and fewer resources.
- Poverty will become more extreme, especially in developing countries and dry land areas.
- Lots more people will die from extreme heat and poor air quality.
- There will be a lot more nasty bugs flying around, so we’ll also have a lot of people dying from diseases that they carry, like malaria and dengue fever.
- Farmers won’t be able to grow wheat, rice, and other grains in many parts of the world, so a lot more people will starve.
- There won’t be enough clean drinking water in a big chunk of the globe.
So that’s pretty bad.
Can We Change It?
The good news is that it’s possible to turn this around. The bad news, as everybody knows, is that turning it around would require governments around the world to make changes that they just aren’t going to make.
Even with the knowledge that our actions today will starve our grandchildren tomorrow, our leaders are still unwilling to make the tough decisions that would save our planet.
But I refuse to sit back and do nothing.
It might not be much, but my family is committing to doing our part to save the environment. That’s why we are on this sustainable living journey.
Sustainable Living at Home: How Do We Do It?
Here’s the thing. I don’t know. Much. I mean, I know that we need to recycle, waste less food, buy less stuff, and use less energy. I know that we need to live a sustainable lifestyle. The problem is, until recently, I had only minimal knowledge of how to do those things.
So I did some research. I assigned my kids some research. (My husband already reads quite a bit on this topic. He’s an environmental engineer. But he’ll be getting in on the
work fun too!)
At this point, I have slightly more than minimal knowledge.
Here’s What Our Blog Will Document:
This blog will be a learning experience for our family! Each of us, including the kids, will write posts about our sustainable living journey.
Since we’re a homeschooling family, the kids and I decided to devote some of our science projects this year to creating a sustainable home garden. We’ll be sharing those with you. We’ll also share recipes that we create with the foods we grow!
We’re going to do our best to produce less waste, and we’ll be documenting those efforts here.
We’ll drive less, eat out less, and cook more. We’ll research materials and ingredients and try to make the best choices. We’ll do our best to save money along the way.
But here’s the most important part. I am giving us permission to fail sometimes. To learn as we go. We don’t know everything. We don’t have the time or the money to do everything.
For instance, I can’t imagine our family surviving with just one car. But, I will commit to reducing the amount of driving we do.
Our family doesn’t have the time or the acreage to grow all of our produce ourselves and cook everything we eat from scratch. But we will grow as much of it as we can, cook as often as we can, and we won’t let it go to waste.
Will You Join Us on Our Sustainability Journey?
If you are interested in sustainable living at home, we would love for your to accompany us on our journey! Leave us a comment below, or just click “follow” to receive future posts. We love hearing from you!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton