Through my journey towards “sustainable living”, I’ve made some significant and noticeable changes to my lifestyle. In the process, I’ve also unwittingly made some subtle changes in my attitude towards the world around me that has inspired me to live well, mindfully and harmoniously. As I became more mindful about my decisions and choices around the materialistic aspect of my lifestyle, I realized that the same mindfulness can be extended to my relationship with the world around me. I’d like to think of it as a “RECALIBRATION” of my mind.
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Last week, I shared Corporate Knights‘ list of “100 Most Sustainable Corporations In the World” with my followers on Twitter and Facebook – with the intention that this could be a good list to consider for sustainable companies to invest in. A friend and follower commented on the post questioning the validity of the list that featured Suncor as the top Canadian company (ranked #48). He also cited the Environmental Record on Suncor’s Wiki page – according to the Pollution Watch fact sheet, in 2005 Suncor’s oil sands activities had the sixth highest greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.
So I took a long (no, a really long) break from blogging. No good reason – just life getting in the way, relationships, family, complacency – the usual. But the big news is that I’ve spent the last couple of months decluttering my life and home in preparation for my third move in three years. (You know you move too much, when your mover remembers exactly who you are :P) And today I feel good about having fewer things for a simpler life and about the acts of charity. Here are some of my personal experiences and simple steps one can take to declutter one’s life and/or home while helping those in need.
This wasn’t supposed to be such a delayed post. Two weeks ago, I was diagnosed with a case of strep throat 😦 (I still break into a sweat thinking of how painful it was…YUCK!!). The illness threw me off my routine for the week. And this week has just been busy catching up with the week of work that I missed due to the illness. Feeling much better now!! So here goes Part 2 of my last post.
In Part 1 of this post I had listed some charitable organizations focused on poverty, social injustice and children. While caring for fellow human beings is a noble holiday gift, we often overlook those furry animals and our environment, albeit they can’t really express their issues in words.
As we put pen to paper to make a list of material objects for family and friends, we’re already stressed out. Stressed about the idea of finding the “perfect gift”, joining the stampede at shopping malls, and worst of all, the credit card bill as a Holiday Gift to ourselves. One can easily decide to give and receive nothing. But that’s no fun either. So instead of letting the materialistic aspects of the Holiday overshadow its true meaning, why not gift an experience of giving? Why not gift a feeling of belongingness and connectedness? There is nothing more “perfect” than feeling proud of our generosity towards those who are less fortunate.
I’ve been hosting the annual Hinduja Diwali (Hindu New Year) Party with family and close friends for years now, albeit there was a dry 2-year period due to personal circumstances. This year I decided to revive it, but in a less wasteful way. Now mind you, I am a rookie at living a sustainable lifestyle so I wasn’t particularly successful at throwing a 100% eco-friendly party, primarily because I didn’t think of alternatives till two days prior to the party. But I came up with these 5 easy ways to host a sustainable party that I believe anyone can easily follow without breaking the bank.
Sustainable Investing – “Another Fad… Another Investment Trend… Another Marketing Ploy by the capital market moguls” you may say. After almost three decades of debate about the pros and cons of “Socially Responsible Investing”, it is only fair for an investor to question the intent of this new phenomenon. I questioned it.
But the recent economic downturn coupled with numerous environmental catastrophes and social/governance troubles over the past decade has changed the dynamics of the global economy substantially, therefore, making a case for an investment discipline. Investors have had their hands burnt chasing short-term returns and are now looking to invest in forward-thinking companies with sustainable business models.