We get a lot of pressure from other people and advertising to buy things. We spend more money than we have, and whilst this makes money for someone, somewhere, and contributes to economic growth, it also makes us work harder and leaves us with less time and energy for doing the things we love, with the people we love. Our overly busy yet strangely dissatisfying lives can leave us feeling unhappy and unhealthy.
At the same time, this overconsumption is using up the world’s natural resources far more quickly than they can be replenished. Climate change is really just the biggest, most urgent symptom of this process. You could sum up this whole process like this
We’re buying things we don’t need with money we don’t have. This makes us work harder, leaving us less time to enjoy what we do have. We waste so many personal and natural resources in this way that our world is buckling under the strain.
Surely then, the definition of success needs to change. Success measured by the size of our house, our mortgage, or our car just isn’t going to cut it any more – because it doesn’t take our real quality of life into account. We need a new measure – one that factors in our families and our communities, our personal physical and mental health, and our contribution to the wider society we live in. It needs to include whether we have a future, or whether we are destroying the biosphere so quickly that the next generation will struggle. That is why redefining success, increasing wealth sustainably, and improving quality of life are right at the heart of LiveLight.
A two tonne lifestyle reduces your living costs and allows you to get debt free. Over time, it can help you become financially independent – freeing you up to choose how you spend your time. The two tonne lifestyle also answers the question – “what can I do about climate change?”. Reducing your own greenhouse gas emissions is the biggest thing you can do to make a positive difference in the fight against climate change.
I highly recommend trying the free LiveLight cost and carbon snapshot. It takes 5 minutes, and will give you a great starting point to go from.