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Day 62: Plan ahead


An eroded iceberg in Greenland. If all the ice in Greenland melted, the oceans would rise by seven meters. Source: Yann Arthus-Bertrand

A lot of the world’s problems came to be because…well…people didn’t plan ahead. Continue reading


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Day 31: Don’t fall into the consumerist trap


A 1944 advertisement by Lee Rubber and Tire Corporation and Republic Rubber Youngstown, Ohio. Source: envisioningamericandream.com

The American society is structured around the American Dream. We all want the house with the white picket fence, an apple pie in the oven, a perfect day job and 2.5 children. Those commodities translate stability, comfort, love, and wealth – who doesn’t want that? Unfortunately, our desires have been warped by industries and media so that we are constantly in a state of “want” and we never acheive satisfation. This is good if you are selling goods. This is not so good if you are constantly wanting things and never feel content with what you have or where you are.

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Day 30: Buy used!

To reduce consumerism and save the world by putting less trash and stuff out there, you should first ask yourself “Do I really need this, or could I live my life perfectly fine without it?”. If the answer is yes, you absolutely need it for your life to be complete (be honest!), then the next step is to see if you can buy the item you need used. There are a number of items out there that are pefectly acceptable in used condition, and sometimes the only difference from a shiny new one and an older one is the one you create in your mind. Continue reading


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