Welcome to ‘Sustainable in Holdfast Bay’!
This blog is a way to document sustainable projects, ideas and initiatives in our home and local community, and to connect with like-minded people. As a Climate Reality Australia leader I also write about climate action, impacts, adaptation and mitigation.
Stephen and I live on a suburban block in Holdfast Bay, South Australia. For us, living sustainably implies living within the means of our natural environment and ensuring that our way of life doesn’t harm other people and future generations. By taking responsibility for our actions, informing ourselves, changing old habits and learning new skills, we have reduced our household’s carbon emissions by 90% from the average Australian per capita emissions – one of the highest in the world. We managed to do this by:
- Minimising consumption, re-using, repairing and buying second-hand
- Reducing our home energy use by 78% from the average before installing 1.5 kw solar panels which supply all the electricity we need and then some
- Reducing car use and enjoying local holidays and ‘staycations’
- Eating mostly fresh, seasonal, local produce and less meat
- Eliminating all our household waste to landfill
None of this was achieved overnight but we now have enough of everything we either need or want, healthy food, time to pursue hobbies and interests, time for others and for community volunteering.
By joining others who share our concerns and values, we are contributing to a global movement of people acting to safeguard our present and future well-being.
I would love to hear about what you do to live more sustainably and what it means to you. You can contact me by email.