What I will do to start living eco. friendly is start living off the land and start a garden. Primarily live off of local farmers produce and goods until I can buy my own life stock, or produce my own cultivation. I do not only want to do that, but in the future start living off of the grid and move into low impact housing. I would like to build a tiny portable house that can furnish my needs and be comfortable, kind of like this (link) but I will build it and also make it run off of solar panels similar to what was done in the documentary. I feel like self- sustainable living is one of the only ways people can plan to cut back their foot print for the future.
I would also like to be able to start a community after I graduate that shares a piece of land and communes their produce life stock and goods they make from living off the land. It’s a silly large dream, but I am really about helping the environment and putting people back to work for themselves. I think everyone no matter what their walk of life could do this and they could also keep their same profession and work only what they needed of the land. It is very easy to find a way to get your niche once you know what kind of life style you would like to start. Low impact living is very successful if approached with a plan and logic in mind. I have been planning my idea for a few years and I actually have a few friends and family members that are on board with the idea as well.
I really enjoyed what I saw from the documentary, I thought it very real, and very helpful to show all of the struggles that people go through when living in the city and trying to cut back their way of everyday life and make it a better way for everyone not just their own family. I enjoyed that the wife had a lot of growth throughout the film, It showed that anyone can do it and though it might not be easy it is very possible.
I enjoyed that He had the initiative to get his whole family on board and keep them interested. It seemed his wife at first didn’t really understand his methods or ideas, but she eventually at the end didn’t really want to stop a lot of the things that they had started because she realized how helpful and good for the family those things were. I think that even though we live in a crazy set in its ways lifestyle society there are a ton of ways to help the global foot print and increase the biodiversity of our own cities, towns, and homes. Just by composting or growing food with your neighbors, or going to the farmers market or riding your bike as much as you possible or even helping yourself by reusing things like water bottles, you can help. I plan on doing all those things. Yes I do drive my car and buy stuff from the store now but in the next 5 years my plan is to not have to do any of that. Here are a few links to successful communities that live eco friendly and help themselves and their community by working together and getting the most out of the land or space they live on without out sourcing.