Finding simpler ways to live
For the 4th of May, we want to join forces to change the world. With small, simple and effective actions, we could all live more prosperous lives while protecting our beloved planet’s lands, oceans, and air. Instead of discussing how consumerism trends have gradually imposed themselves on our environment and society, we want to take it a step back to simpler times, reconnecting humans to nature. We’ve compiled a few stories from around the world to connect you to world-wide initiatives and organizations which strive to do just that: get back to nature.
In Gippsland, Australia, a small community participates in an amazing, life changing experience. Taking a one-year break from the rhythm and pace of modern life, the small group rediscovers what life off the clock feels like.
A Simpler Way tells their journey, the reflections that led them to withdraw from modern time restraints, and the solutions they have put in place on a daily basis in order to live harmoniously in their new found natural ecosystem.
Throughout the year, the group builds small houses, explores the principles of permaculture, discovers vegetarianism and also realizes the difficulty of living in a community.
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Consuming products without plastics, and better, without producing waste by using reusable packaging, consuming what is produced around you, what is sustainable… whether it be food, fashion, education, decoration, or anything that touches your everyday life, this way of life asks you to consume differently. But believe us, it’s possible.
Nowadays, more and more people change their way of life by changing their habits for healthier and more sustainable ones.
Everywhere around the world, citizen-led movements are being forged to develop these ways of life that help both our society and our planet. This is precisely what Les Colibris is doing. Founded in France ten years ago by Pierre Rabhi, Les Colibris aims to show that everyone can “do their bit” for the environment and humanity. In North America, the movement is growing little by little with actions linked to food, clothing, education and even environmentally friendly construction.
Cyril Dion was a co-founder of Les Colibris, and also directed the movie Demain, staring French actress Melanie Laurent in 2016. This movie shows the hope, actions, and goodwill of several people worldwide, particularly in the ten countries where the movie was filmed.
Without blaming society or preaching to the audience, Demain discusses efforts that have been made in different fields by citizens, communities and governments. We see sustainable examples in agriculture, especially with permaculture, but also in waste management, solidarity, and education.
Taking action is important to Demain's director. Inspired by Gandhi who said "showing by example is not the best way to convince someone; rather, it is the only way," they decided that the best way to lead was by example. This is how we become aware of how we can all do our “bit”, and that it doesn’t have to be a complicated life style.
Currently, we’re drafting our next article listing actions that you can take in your everyday life and during your travels around the world that contribute to a better, cleaner future. Because sharing is caring (for the planet!), changing the world won’t happen if we do things by ourselves.
Therefore, we wish to share tips, ideas, and suggestions with our Portfranc community! We will gladly put your contributions in our article, so please, feel free to send us your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.