Pennsif’s Progress #591 – Reducing my footprint, increasing my impact
As I get older and the days tick by I find I am increasingly refining my goals in life.
At a certain point in life one realises that the phrase “you have all the time in the world” no longer has any bearing. Time becomes your most precious resource. And every day counts.
So dreams of opening a restaurant, or building a house with a balcony, or learning six languages, or writing a science fiction novel, or travelling to every continent, while still valid and potentially possible, have to be filtered.
The realisation, and acceptance, that you are unlikely to achieve everything in life you had hoped to is harsh but necessary.
I have now signed that pledge of acceptance and am narrowing my life plan to those things I do so want to achieve.
In fact that want is more than just a want, it is a desire I am fiercely whipping up into a compulsion.
Compulsion can be read with a negative inflection but as I mentioned in a previous blog I only have two modes of operation – full-on or not at all. I don’t do half-ar$ed.
So what I am going to do, I am going to do to the biggest, the best and the boldest of my abilities.
I have now settled on my two remaining goals – to minimise my footprint, and to maximise my impact.
Minimising My Footprint
I live on a homestead. We have our own water supply and we deal with our own sewage, we produce much of our own food and the percentage increases year on year, and we have planted 10,000 trees on our property.
We have traveled some fair distance on our journey to reduce our footprint on the planet.
But we still have a long way to go.
Our electricity usage is one area we are really keen to cut down on. In fact as I wrote about yesterday our goal is to move towards going offgrid – but frustratingly steem’s low price is holding us back on that at present.
The second big area I want to deal with is our use of petrol for car transport.
Living in a very rural area, reliance on public transport is not viable, so getting an electric car would be the next best option.
And if we could charge that car from our own solar electricity even better still.
There are a thousand other ways in which we can, should and will reduce our ecological and carbon footprint. But we are on the right path and I relish the challenge of day by day getting better and better.
Maximising My Impact
I have always been an activist, campaigning in one form or another for a better world.
I think I got it from my mother. She wouldn’t take any crap, and she was always getting involved in local community activities.
Much of my early adult life was spent working, at various levels, for one of Britain’s major environmental campaign organisations.
Then I took a few years out to set up a business and raise a family. But these past few years I have been retracing my steps and rejoining the battle.
And in the past year steem, particularly through A Dollar A Day, has opened a new channel to bring about some worthwhile change.
Now I am ready for action and I want to do more.
I have just today launched a new @communityaction project where I will be focusing most of my activity bridging the on and the off steemchain worlds.
Hopefully this will give me one more route to make a positive impact on the world.
I don’t want to have my name in lights or on a plaque on the wall, but I do want to do my bit.
And one day when my grandchild asks that fateful question “What did you do Granddad to save the planet?” I will be able to answer “Everything I could”.