Well, our backpacking trip of Asia is now 5 years ago!! And since then we’ve lived in a bus in Australia for two years, and then lived in Nepal for nearly two years.
And now we are back in Australia.
We are full of energy and anger and ideas ..…
We’ve seen enough …..
We have to do something …..
Did you know that Nepal produces 0.1% of the worlds greenhouse gases? But is 4th in line to reap the worst climate disasters that result from climate change?
Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change, water-induced disasters and extreme events such as droughts, storms, floods, inundation, landslides, debris flow, soil erosion and avalanche.
Did you know that the average Australian lives so as to consume 4 times their share of the world’s resources and produces 4 times more than their share of greenhouse gases and landfill?
Did you know that 4o% of fish have plastic in their stomachs?
Did you know that Bangladesh will be mostly underwater in 30 years?
Did you know that 2016 was the hottest year on record, and that there were freak floods droughts and storms all over the world, killing far more people than war, and causing mass starvations, mass destruction, mass migration and massive loss.
The point is, climate change is real, dangerous and caused by humans. That’s us. And it’s because of how we live and how we run our societies.
And the rich (that’s us) are the most responsible for the damage, and the poor (that’s most of Nepal) are copping the brunt of it. Already.
So, what are we going to do? Well we have friends with expertise in training people to better cope with climate change. How to grow more resilient crops, prepare for floods, and protect their homes and families from disasters. Other people are changing laws about emissions. And that’s all very important.
But we thought we’d tackle the other end of the issue. Prevention. How would the whole western world have to live, to stop GHG’s rising above 1.5C? How much would we have to reduce our consumption input and our waste output? How much would we have to change our lives? And is there anything appealing about living that way, that would encourage others to do the same?
Don’t know. No idea. Haven’t got a clue.
But we thought we’d give it a try.
We are going to try to live on ONLY OUR SHARE of resources, produce ONLY OUR SHARE of waste and Greenhouse gases.
It’s going to be way tricky, because we also want to have enormous fun, travel, homeschool, learn and be part of communities, projects and festivals. And we want to tell stories about it.
So, if you are interested, you might like to check out our new website GreenBusLife.com
We’ll continue to tell stories, take photos and travel the beautiful country of Australia.
We will also write the sort of thing we’ve never done before. Stories about ‘how to’ do something.
I have never given advice on this blog, or prescribed anything or recommended anything (except that one time I warned you all that the paracetamol in China contains caffeine and is best avoided)
But I’m going to start writing ‘how to’ stuff. But I promise I won’t tell anyone ‘how to’ if we haven’t had a really good attempt at doing it ourselves first.
I may well write a ‘how NOT to’ if my attempts are complete stuff-ups. But if I do figure out a way of living on the road AND doing so sustainably, I’m going to want to shout it from the rooftops.
We are particularly excited about converting our diesel bus diesel to run on Waste Veggie Oil. If that works, you can expect to hear all about it!
Of course, feel free NOT to subscribe! Or if you don’t like blogs, we will have nice pictures on instagram, and Facebook.
Finally, I want to thank you all for reading our little stories at GoingAnyway. Thanks for all the encouraging comments. Thanks to all those of you who wrote recently, asking if we are still alright. Its a bit like having a web of connections all over the world of people who care about who we are and what we do. And that is a remarkable thing.
See you on the road.