Our Print Is Not Even a Foot Long

- we are vegan (the best climate action you can take)

- we eat as much raw food as possible and loads of herbs

- we've planted as many as 100 trees and large plants and many more small herbs and food that clean the soil and air 

- we cook all our own food (no packaged food) in the following way

- a one burner induction stove top

- steamed with minimal water (normally 5-10 minutes)

- we add (usually) olive oil only after cooking, to reduce water required to clean dishes (no frying)

- we don't stack the dishes  (if you do you have to clean two sides)

- we use a pressure cooker for rice (maximum 8 minutes), and legumes (maximum 10 minutes)

- we do not eat pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, GMO or otherwise

- we do drink coffee, but buy green, locally produced beans and toast them ourselves, slowly, and have developed a resource saving method to make coffee

- we buy all locally produced food stuffs in open markets that require no electricity to operate (maybe some nuts or grains are non local at times)

- all water used for dishes is collected and poured onto trees

- we use primarily locally made salt deodorants and eco-soaps (very little) and make our own 'lotions'

- we go to bed when it’s dark and get up when it’s light, using very little lighting (all LED)

- all water used for showers drains into the garden (we shower outdoors)

- showers never exceed 30 seconds

- we use hot water from pipes in the sun

- we don't use shampoo or any other hair product - only salt water and a special brush (the no-poo method)

- no water is heated for any cleaning purpose (including showers) other than by the sun

- any soap that is used, is eco (we don't have fat soluble products and gently scrub instead)

- for clothes, we wash mainly by hand, pour the water in the garden, and occasionally (2x a month) a front loading eco machine that drains into the garden, only 15 minute eco-wash cycles

- we do not buy anything we don’t need, and almost all clothes are second hand

- we have found enjoyments other than shopping

- we do our due diligence of companies before we buy stuff and avoid the most cruel or polluting ones

- we try as much as possible to use recycled bags, and to recycle when possible

- we travel by scooter, bicycle, feet and for long distances, public transport

- due to the way we have designed our buildings, we do not require any cooling appliances, though perhaps at most ten days a year we use a fan at low speeds. No AC.

- we have no walls and various animals travel through our home during the day

- stub tail macaques are threatening

- deer, antelope, eagles, birds, frogs, snakes, lizards, insects, and lots of other identifyable things and peacocks, are lovely

- wind flow for cooling is managed by manually moving items, such as study pods on wheels, a mobile kitchen etc.

- insects are dealt with in one way or another that doesn’t require downstream petrochemicals (99.9% of the time). For the rest we make our insect sprays from herbals, water and oils.

- we do not have a pool, we use the sea for swimming

- we flush toilets after number 2 only

- a few times a year we empty our vegan septic tanks and pour the product onto the garden (you’d be surprised how much vegan shit doesn’t stink)

- we sleep outdoors 365.4 days a year in pods designed to maximize wind and air flow and eliminate the need for cooling appliances no matter what time of year - it's a good feeling to see the stars and the moon at night

- unfortunately we require an electric pump to pump water, but as much as possible we water when city water is provided at adequate pressure (always before 0600)

- we are waiting for solar to become environmentally viable

- we have planted and water only local trees (though we learned some lessons on what "local" means)

- we exercise outdoors - run on the beach, or do yoga, if we travel we use local parks

- we do not own any energy consuming device we don’t need, except a silent electric guitar (uses rechargeable batteries)

- we use rechargeable headlamps and very few LED lights 

- we use small solar lamps in the toilets

- we charge computers, headlamps, and phones only, and will do this with solar soon (our earlier porta-solar panel bit the dust)

- of course, no one travels now, but we had reduced our flights to once a year from Thailand to Spain

- for ten years we operated a very successful health retreat that taught guests how to live healthy, vegan, chemical free, energy efficient lifestyles with as little pharma and fossil fuels as possible

- we fly maximum two trips a per year, and stay with friends/family or rent places instead of staying at hotels to use less infrastructure

- we rent eco cars the few times we need to and take public transport (and meet awesome people) or get things transported to us 

- we buy online except when we buy local food at the farmer's markets

- we teach the second law of thermodynamics as a foundation for managing one’s life

- we embrace nature as a force to respect and collaborate with

- at present, we are both nearly 60 years old and do not require any form of medication, are fit and healthy, creative and lively (masha'Allah)

Granted, we live in a tropical climate, and not everyone can do all of these things, but cooking your own locally produced vegan food is about the biggest earth saving measure you can take. The second most important thing we can do is to buy less stuff. When you buy something, anything, ask yourself if you really (we mean really) need it.


The third thing you can do is to vote right - the politicians won't (cant?) do anything if you don't vote for them. They follow your vote as business follows your money.


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