How to be green – advice from Sydney Smith

20130823-075700.jpg There are a lot of great quotes and sage advice in Nigel Marsh’s book ‘Fit, Fifty and Fired Up‘ and reading through it there are so many similarities of his advice for getting a work life balance to creating a sustainable life balance.

I have written about green purists, green hypocrites and just getting on with it a few times before and I came across a quote in Nigel’s book that resonated with my own thoughts.

It was from the 19th Century essayist Sydney Smith, he said “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little – just do what you can”.

It is so true for being green, being sustainable or just living with less. So many people hold up this view of being sustainable as being off grid hugging trees in Tasmania somewhere and as such don’t do anything because they can only achieve a little. It doesn’t matter if you only do a little, just do what you can, it’s better than nothing.

As an example. Meat consumption is one of our biggest impacts. Going full vegetarian could be daunting, but that doesn’t mean eating a little less meat won’t have an impact. Eating just one percent less read meat a year has a huge impact on your footprint. Try one less meal a week without red meat for 14 weeks and then go from there. You could then go for two meals for 14 weeks, and so on and so on. But find your happy balance and that might not be vegan but who cares at least its less.

Just do what you can.

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