Notes on a Green Lifestyle: Some Baseline Tips

Living in a way that causes less damage to the environment — and in other ways, helps to protect and sustain it — is a basic component of human life today. It demands our attention. As climate change continues, we can expect that to stay the course.

Bit by bit, thinking about environmental impact has changed the way I eat, purchase goods, travel, and generally run my life quite significantly over the last few years. It’s a surprisingly fun journey down a meaningful path, introducing me to new and practical ways of thinking and decision-making that are rewarding and feel wise in their own right. And the principles you pick up on the way can be applied just as well to other parts of life.

Most lifestyle changes related to protecting the environment are straightforward enough, and have become something close to common knowledge: minimise the use of plastic, reduce or eliminate the consumption of animals and animal products, lower the carbon footprint of your travel, energy usage, and the purchase of goods. Recycle properly. Avoid wasting water.

Avoid waste in general, as a guiding principle.