There are many different types of people in the world. There are dreamers, talkers, doers, visionaries, motivators builders and constructors. A group of such people came together on October 23 in Badaboom to discuss what actions we could suggest to our group under six different headings. Each of the groupings is a way that we can contribute to creating a caring economy.  In no particular order of importance they are as follows.

  • The Body
  • The Home
  • Daily life
  • City
  • Nation
  • Internationally

As we sat and caught up on the latest updates I was intrigued to find out what the different people in our group would suggest. So  after some good discussion and sharing, and without further ado here are the suggestions we came up with.

 

The Body

  • We are what we consume. We can adjust our shopping habits and buy locally, in season. In Nice shops such as Biocop source seasonal produce.
  • We could create a cosmetic repository amongst our friends. Who doesn’t have some cosmetics they bought that didn’t suit? Rather than throw them out find a way to create an exchange for what you need.
  • Minimum packaging, stop using plastic to pack one piece of fruit in a supermarket, buy loose rather than packed goods.
  • Eat less meat. The animal industry is a serious polluter and there is the concept of caring for living creatures rather than just consuming them.
  • Use non toxic natural products where possible
  • Physical exercise. Not only does it keep you healthy, it costs less to look after you in medical bills.

 

The Home

  • For those of you that use heating, set it to 19C.
  • Use renewable energy where possible
  • Less plastics, bars of soap or shampoo instead of bottles.
  • Turn off the shower, or shower with your watering can.
  • Compost- Many towns have compost repositories if you don’t have a garden or use it for your potted plants.

 

Daily life

  • Ecological  products. White vinegar is used by many as a cleaning agent to replace bleaches and other chemical agents.
  • Share recipes for homemade cosmetics or cleaning agents online and in social media.
  • Avoid plastic bottles use a glass or metal container to carry your water
  • Smile at strangers

 

The Town

  • Nice plogging
  • Use public transport , or a bike, or walk instead of using the car.
  • Support local initiatives, and of course share them on social media to educate and inform.
  • Try to contact authorities to have more water fountains, bins, ashtrays. ( use portable ashtray?)
  • Cycling tracks
  • Eco homes
  • Take the initiative rather than waiting for the authorities to do it for you.
  • Some towns have complimentary currencies for ecological works.
  • Ecological film Festival
  • Communicate the goal of the sharing economy and educate others through social media, or meetups.

 

Nationally

  • A care economy summit.. ( more about that soon)
  • Contact associations nationwide to try to gather forces and impetus to make change.
  • A nationwide reimbursement on glass bottles
  • A directory of National organisations to be created

 

Internationally

  • Campaign for change, either by targeting companies about small changes they could make, or governments or multinationals.
  • Digital currency
  • Pay attention to how and why you travel, even eco tourism is widely criticised as being counter productive.
  • Universal packaging reform.

Perhaps when you read through this list you might imagine many other actions, or you might find one that appeals to you and take it on board. Better to focus on one issue at a time and achieve a change, than try to fix everything and miss the goal completely.

 

Our next meetup is on November 6th when our Guest Speaker Corinne will explain to us the truth about recycling, what it should be and what it really is. It promises to be a very interesting night and we hope to see you there.

Thanks for reading.