What changes have you made in your lifestyle to save the world?

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    Jul 30, 2013 5:03 AM GMT
    Many times we hear and also talk about Environment, Racism, Wrong accusation, Taking power into our own hands, Species extinction, Climate change, Rape, Child abuse, Bullying, Deforestation, Food Adulteration, Animal abuse, Slaughter houses, Cheating, Back stabbing, Drugs, Addiction, Genocide, rich & Poor discrimination, Ecocide, oil spills, WARS, Lust, Greed, Theft, Gluttony, Sloth, Envy, [Pollution of air, water, sound and land], Luxuries, Profanity, Cruelty towards innocent animals, Slavery, Begging, Irresponsibility(individual or social), Human rights, Animal rights, Bad politics, Lack of Morality, Inequality, so on & so forth...

    Just list out what changes you've made personally to stop anything that is Immoral or bad to our Societies, Environment, Plants & Animal life.
    let it be very minute thing like signing online petitions,
    or at medium level...like skipping animal based diet once every few days
    to a big thing like completely turning yourself into Vegan, or an activist, or an active volunteer.

    Before posting
    1. Don't speak about The changes you've made that are beneficial only for yourself alone.
    2. Try not to post silly comments and ruin this thread, I know some of you post funny things...but try to avoid derailing. If you still do, I can't help but ignore this thread.
    3. Changes you've made for yourself by yourself with or without external force.
    4. Changes that you're proud of.

    This is created so that others can get inspiration from you...
    we can also discuss about how we changed, what made us changes etc.,. and give advice or suggestions to others.

    I Hope you'll not ignore this thread. ;)
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    Jul 30, 2013 5:19 AM GMT
    burning plastic. lots of it.
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    Jul 30, 2013 5:30 AM GMT
    A few years ago I decided I had had enough of people (myself included) whinging about Indigenous issues and the apparent lack of a work ethic, so I joined a local Noongar Employment program designed to improve employability.
    I only buy products with little or no packaging.
    For years I didn't have a car now (as of yesterday) I do for work but I still walk to the office.
    I also use electronic products to the bitter end and then take them to a recycling centre.
    On my property I cut down a massive water guzzling Fig tree and replaced it with native figs from the island.

    Living on an Island with limited resources changed my perspective in a big way. I now carry those changes on even when living in the CBD.


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    Jul 30, 2013 5:44 AM GMT
    Matiz saidburning plastic. lots of it.

    Ahhh...ummm... Sarcasm?
    anyway, you're not saving...
    burning plastic is more or less equally dangerous to littering plastic. You're damaging your environment and perhaps yourself too.
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    Jul 30, 2013 5:46 AM GMT
    All the moralists icon_twisted.gif
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    Jul 30, 2013 5:48 AM GMT
    I got rid of my car (truck). I now ride a bicycle.
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    Jul 30, 2013 6:21 AM GMT
    @boomerangOz
    Thanks for sharing! Our world requires more people who are like you.

    @Lumpynose
    That's great, it also improves your fitness!
    Hope other automobile drivers who pass by the streets may look at you riding bicycle and get at least a little motivation from you.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jul 30, 2013 6:23 AM GMT
    The world doesn't deserve saving ... Why bother ... Besides it was here long before me, and I'm pretty sure it will be here long after me
  • Suetonius

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    Jul 30, 2013 6:43 AM GMT
    I recycle.

    I did not have children - The ever increasing population of the world is destroying, and will destroy, life as we have known it on earth.

    Whenever I can, I speak out against the Chinese, who are doing their best to eliminate elephants and tigers from the planet.
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    Jul 30, 2013 6:47 AM GMT
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    Jul 30, 2013 7:31 AM GMT
    Harry7785 said
    Matiz saidburning plastic. lots of it.

    Ahhh...ummm... Sarcasm?
    anyway, you're not saving...
    burning plastic is more or less equally dangerous to littering plastic. You're damaging your environment and perhaps yourself too.


    I thought he meant burning credit, contributing to the economyicon_question.gif
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    Jul 30, 2013 7:55 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidThe world doesn't deserve saving ... Why bother ... Besides it was here long before me, and I'm pretty sure it will be here long after me

    That's a very dangerous attitude...If everyone in the past were living with this kind of opinions, you & I may not exist today.

    Why bother?
    well...let's assume that you're living on a coastal area and suddenly you were told that a giant tsunami is coming towards you, sweeping everything in it's path. What would you do? Obviously you're going to run away...you'll not think like "why bother?...many died before me and many will die after me, so why to worry and let tsunami kill me!". That's absurd unless you really wanna die.
    Instead, till the last moment you'll look for ways to save yourself from the coming danger, right?

    That's what this is all about!
    Even if you know that Armageddon comes tomorrow, you should not cease from your duty.
    You should be like "I will continue planting trees if it'll die naturally few centuries later or even if I know that someone is going to destroy it any moment, I will not cease from planting trees"

    For example, I know some guys here make fun of me , though it hurts, I will not cease to speak what I want to speak unless there's something bad in me. Instead I will not think that I should cease to speak when people consider me weird!, because I realized that if anyone is nice, it's inevitable that they'll be blamed and insulted for something or anything by someone or anyone.
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    Jul 30, 2013 8:24 AM GMT
    Hillie said
    Harry7785 said
    Matiz saidburning plastic. lots of it.

    Ahhh...ummm... Sarcasm?
    anyway, you're not saving...
    burning plastic is more or less equally dangerous to littering plastic. You're damaging your environment and perhaps yourself too.


    I thought he meant burning credit, contributing to the economyicon_question.gif


    I like that interpretation!

    And yes I was being facetious. I realize the high environmental toxicity of incinerating petroleum derivatives.
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    Jul 30, 2013 9:45 AM GMT
    Harry7785 said
    That's a very dangerous attitude...If everyone in the past were living with this kind of opinions, you & I may not exist today.


    To be honest, if you and I WEREN'T here today, we wouldn't know to be upset about the fact.

    Anyway, enough philosophising; back on topic.

    - I'm 31 and still have never driven. I've never needed to. I walk, cycle or take public transport everywhere
    - I try to buy as few products with packaging as possible
    - I recycle all possible waste
    - I acquire very few belongings (I still use an old Nokia phone with the same SIM I've had since 2000)
    - I don't work in a manufacturing industry
    - I support local businesses and buy mostly locally grown/reared produce
    - I eat vegetarian 5 or 6 days out of 7
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    Jul 30, 2013 12:33 PM GMT
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    Harry7785 said
    That's a very dangerous attitude...If everyone in the past were living with this kind of opinions, you & I may not exist today.

    To be honest, if you are I WEREN'T here today, we wouldn't know to be upset about the fact.
    Anyway, enough philosophising; back on topic.

    The same way we know that a raise in 6C would devastate the whole earth, it never happened in the recent times, yet scientists speak about it.
    And there are few tribes, or civilizations or I don't know what to call them...that were self destroyed, not exactly in same way but in slightly similar situations. We know this because, It didn't happened to us. More like 'survival of the fittest' & those kinds cannot exist for long periods.

    Just like scientists knew that the climate is going to change by looking into the ice, geology etc,
    Similarly we know that it did happened in the past by studies through anthropology, archeology, etc.

    If you're interested, I can give you some examples...
    & I'll end talking about it now.


    Thanks for sharing what you do...all of them are interesting.
    About the phone! It's great that you still use an old phone.
    I don't like to change either, but sadly my phone was dead few months ago(It was only 1 year old ; it cannot be repaired) & I have to buy a new one. I should use this one more carefully.
  • Apparition

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    Jul 30, 2013 3:09 PM GMT
    i didnt breed, that is the best thing you can ever do to save the earth, everyone should try it.

    i have never owned a car

    i buy the vast majority of clothes, furniture etc used/antique so they get recycled

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    Jul 30, 2013 3:30 PM GMT
    Harry7785 saidWhat changes have you made in your lifestyle to save the world?
    I started eating healthier, exercising more, and lost a bunch of weight. Now the world isn't so heavy.
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    Jul 30, 2013 3:55 PM GMT
    Harry7785 said
    AMoonHawk saidThe world doesn't deserve saving ... Why bother ... Besides it was here long before me, and I'm pretty sure it will be here long after me

    That's a very dangerous attitude...If everyone in the past were living with this kind of opinions, you & I may not exist today.

    Why bother?
    well...let's assume that you're living on a coastal area and suddenly you were told that a giant tsunami is coming towards you, sweeping everything in it's path. What would you do? Obviously you're going to run away...you'll not think like "why bother?...many died before me and many will die after me, so why to worry and let tsunami kill me!". That's absurd unless you really wanna die.
    Instead, till the last moment you'll look for ways to save yourself from the coming danger, right?

    That's what this is all about!
    Even if you know that Armageddon comes tomorrow, you should not cease from your duty.
    You should be like "I will continue planting trees if it'll die naturally few centuries later or even if I know that someone is going to destroy it any moment, I will not cease from planting trees"

    For example, I know some guys here make fun of me , though it hurts, I will not cease to speak what I want to speak unless there's something bad in me. Instead I will not think that I should cease to speak when people consider me weird!, because I realized that if anyone is nice, it's inevitable that they'll be blamed and insulted for something or anything by someone or anyone.

    Try growing plants ... they filter out the air. As long as you keep using up wood product you are destroying the planet ... so all your conservation efforts are futile until you can recreate all the rain forests. This planet has existed beyond volcanic eruptions that poured out umpteen poisons and destructive gases and toxins, for only one reason ... plant life ... also the world is vastly covered with water which helps to clear out all those poisons gases in the air ... but how long can the oceans tolerate it. Here is the fact .... you cannot create anything. Everything already exists, it changes form. So everything you put out was already there. The earth has survived a lot more destructive forces than man. Man has only been here a short time and will not last forever. If he brings about his own destruction, then so be it, the planet will survive and will create new species.
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    Jul 30, 2013 4:05 PM GMT
    A- I chose Wildlife Conservation Biology as a career path over Journslism and being a Chef. I do not, and probably never will regret this decision.
    B- Went vegetarian for 3 and a half years. Went back to meat when I learnt vegetarianism isn't green.
    C- I monitor my personal daily water usage and limit that quantity to 80 litres a day (includes drinking, bathing, washing, cooking)
    D- I instruct camps for children every holiday, in the hopes of 'converting' some of them.
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    Jul 30, 2013 6:12 PM GMT
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    Harry7785 saidWhat changes have you made in your lifestyle to save the world?
    I started eating healthier, exercising more, and lost a bunch of weight. Now the world isn't so heavy.

    And happier, now that there's more eye candy.
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    Jul 30, 2013 6:16 PM GMT
    One of the things is that I refuse to buy Apple products, including the iPhone. The workers in China that make those are treated very badly.
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    Jul 30, 2013 6:16 PM GMT
    I don't litter
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    Jul 30, 2013 6:21 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidMan has only been here a short time and will not last forever. If he brings about his own destruction, then so be it, the planet will survive and will create new species.

    http://goo.gl/L8dQ4v
    The above book does a good job of explaining that concept. The book starts out being upbeat and interesting and continues to be interesting, but as it progresses it gets somewhat depressing due to that thesis. He debunks the commonly held idea that there's a sort of Mother Nature doing the right thing, with the world ultimately getting progressively better; in reality it's all more or less random. At any moment an asteroid could collide with Earth and wipe out all life as we know it.
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    Jul 30, 2013 6:22 PM GMT
    None really. Well I am trying to quit smoking so maybe that.
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    Jul 30, 2013 6:27 PM GMT
    I never kill anything. I did when I was younger, bugs and that. Now I will take a spider that's in my house and put it outside. I came to the realization that no matter how small something is, it deserves to live as much as I do. If you shrunk me down to the size of an atom, I would experience all the feelings I do now, to no lesser degree. I would still want to pursue happiness. I would love and fear just as much. I don't believe a soul has a size. It really bothers me now when I see people killing things and having no respect for life whatsoever, especially when they kill without a purpose, ie. survival.