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-Founder Davin Paul

The Robbing Frenzy

Honeybees are by nature a sane and very productive creature.  They’re the perfect definition of sustainable living. Being in complete harmony with their surroundings.  Sustaining themselves efficiently, indefinitely, and happily. All the while being in cooperation, balance, and benefit with mother nature.  Unless… something happens that triggers pathological influence that influences their behavior.

In a bee hive the hive door is guarded by resident bees.  They’re naturally programmed to protect it and it should be the one and only hole.  Sometimes another hole can develop in the back which they’re not programmed to defend. A bee from another hive can then discover this back door and come in and steal honey.  Escaping out the back with no problem.

Soon the word spreads and bees from all over find out about the hole and a robbing frenzy begins (greed).  The bees lose their inclination for efficiency, order, cooperation, and sustainability.  And doesn’t usually end until all the honey is gone.  Which leads to the resident bees dying in winter due to starvation.

We’re doing the same thing as the honeybees with planet earth.  We’ve found back doors (such as oil fracking) and are in a robbing frenzy draining the earth’s natural finite resources.

This website aims to be a guide to helping people and the planet thrive.

Why Focus on Sustainable Living?

Lets take a quick look at the current state of the environment (IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report) and see why we should be focusing on self sustainable living:

  1. Atmosphere – Since 1850 the last three decades have become successively warmer than any on record.  1983-2012 was most likely the warmest period in the last 1400 years! 2015 was the hottest year EVER! (wri.org)
  2. Ocean – The upper ocean certainly warmed from 1971 to 2010 and will continue to warm in the 21st century.  Not to mention the Texas sized mass of garbage floating around in the Pacific ocean.
  3. Cryosphere – Northern Hemisphere and arctic snow cover have continued to decrease. Antarctic ice sheets and Greenland have been losing mass. Glaciers continue to shrink worldwide.
  4. Sea Rise – Since the mid-19th century the rate of sea rise has been greater than the mean rate of the last two millennia (period of a thousand years).
  5. Biogeochemical Cycles and Carbon – In the last 800,000 years the atmospheric concentrations of nitrous oxide, methane (think cow farts), and carbon dioxide have gone up to unprecedented levels. In March it was recorded that the global concentration of carbon dioxide reached 400 PPM (parts per million).

It doesn’t end there.  There’s an great big growing pile of data that shows the destruction we’re causing such as:

  • Proliferation of GMO foods such as corn, soybeans, and sugar beets that have negative long-term effects on animal, human, and environmental health
  • Since the dinosaurs disappeared sixty-five million years ago we’re living in the largest mass extinction of species ever due to agriculture and over fishing
  • Livestock is the leading driver to 1/3 of the planets desertification (UN)
  • 91% of the Amazon destruction is caused by animal agriculture (WDS)
  • Every second 1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared (Rainforest Relief)
  • 3/4’s of the worlds ocean fisheries are depleted or exploited (UN) which could lead to fish less oceans by year 2048
  • 650,000 seals, whales, and dolphins are killed each year by fishing boats (Oceana)
  • The population is growing at an exponential rate – 1812 – 1 billion, 1912 – 1.5 billion, 2012 – 7 billion! (PBS) And the world population grows an estimated 228,000 people a day
  • 11 percent of the earth’s vegetated surface has been degraded . That’s an area larger than India and China combined.  And per capita food production in many parts of the world is decreasing
  • The irreversible loss of species, which by 2100 may reach one-third of all species now living, is especially serious (World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity (1992))

Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system. Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. {6, 11–14}

As I hope you’re starting to see.  We need to make some drastic changes towards self sustainable living.  These studies only show what science has been able to measure so far.  There is so much more in our lifestyles that we could change that would not only make for a better planet, but a better you and better communities. In fact lets take a quick look at the state of our health:

The crazy thing is that these diseases can be prevented by diet and lifestyle changes.  You just have to stop being confused and misdirected by the marketers that want you to keep buying material goods and be enslaved in the system through work and health care.

Sustainable Living Practices

-Academy Award winning filmmaker and environmentalist
You can’t be an environmentalist, you can’t be an ocean steward, without truly walking the walk.  And you can’t walk the walk in the world of the future- the world ahead of us, the world of our children-without eating a plant-based diet.
-Academy Award winning filmmaker and environmentalist James Cameron

Low impact living can be accomplished easier than you may think.  Not only that is that compared to the typical American lifestyle (favors fast, cheap, easy, fun, simple, and now) it can be a huge upgrade.  Making you feel better, more financially secure, lower stress, and help prevents illness.  Here are some sustainable living practices this website aims to promote:

  • Less consumption and more simple living. Fulfillment comes from having our needs met and a living a balanced life.  Not fulfilling every needless want (desire). Aim to purchase high utility goods that can last a lifetime. Keep the minimum amount of things as long as possible.  Then, recycle properly.
  • Give – “Make altruism and giving part of your life, and be purposeful about it,” -Buddah. Spending money on others instead of yourself leads to a higher level of happiness.  Be of service to others. Ask yourself: “What can I actually do to help alleviate suffering?”.
  • Exercise – “Monks, there are these five benefits of walking up & down.[1] What five? One is fit for long journeys; one is fit for striving; one has little disease; that which is eaten, drunk, chewed, tasted, goes through proper digestion; the composure attained by walking up & down is long-lasting. These, monks, are the five benefits of walking up & down.”- Anguttara Nikaya Being a certified NASM personal trainer I would like to teach people how to properly exercise in a manner that doesn’t lead to you puking, or passing out at the end of a session. Low impact exercise that is built into a healthy lifestyle.
  • Nutrition“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” – Michael Pollan. Eating plant based is not only good for the environment, but is also the best for your long term health.  Just remember to eat whole plant based foods as close as possible to their natural state and you can’t go wrong.
    • Local & Organic – Get food from local sustainable farms, co-ops, farmer’s markets, or best of all grow your own food.
    • Cruelty Free – Vote with your dollars to put an end to the mass suffering caused by industrialized livestock agriculture.
  • Financial Independence – Become financially literate so you can stop living an unhealthy lifestyle and spend your time doing the things you really love.
  • Connection – Everything is energy and we’re all connected. Lets get back to having a connection with nature through outdoor activities and sports that don’t involve a motor, our bodies, mind, friends, family, and communities.
  • Mindfulness – Being present and mindful in everything we do.

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Water has become a highly precious resource. There are some places where a barrel of water costs more than a barrel of oil. — (Lloyd Axworthy)

“Endangered species” is quickly becoming a term we use to describe WATER on our planet! Our natural waterways are being harmed by urban storm runoff water.  Humans along with every other living being need water to live.  The first step to help this crisis is to become aware of the problems we’re causing and the planets current condition.  Then use easy to implement solutions such as rainwater collection/harvesting to supply future generations with clean and healthy water.

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