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Is Convenience the Enemy of Change?

Fast fashion, fast food, fast delivery. Our need-it-now super speed lifestyles are not only causing irreparable damage to the planet, but they’re impacting our health and our economy. Convenience is fast becoming the biggest contributor to global poverty.

Addicted to instant gratification, we believe that our goods should be delivered within a day, that we don’t have the time to walk or cycle down the road, but need to organise our days around where we can conveniently park our cars.

So I wonder, is convenience the biggest enemy of #CHANGE!?

Transportation has taken over power plants as the biggest producer of carbon emissions; parcel deliveries have more than doubled in the last 4 years,[1] vehicles often spend over an hour trying to park and in our haste, we’re even hampering the elderly from getting to hospitals because our delivery trucks are causing gridlock.

Yet all this fast living isn’t making us happier or healthier. So why not make time for people and things that matter? Appreciate what you have and make caring choices (for people and planet) rather than convenient ones for yourself?

In fact, why not make 2019 the year of slow living and prove that convenience at all costs, simply isn’t worth the cost to us or the earth?

If you fancy kick starting 2019 with some sustainable, happy, caring lifestyle changes, check out 5 ways to do just that:

  1. Try Slow Living 101 and discover how to start a slow living lifestyle.

  2. Check out Sustainable (ish) and the brilliant 101 small ways to have less impact on the planet.

  3. Reduce your car use and perhaps even introduce a car free day. Check out my survey on changing your car habits and do your bit to change the world.

  4. Be kind. Why not try the 365 kindness challenge and show that kindness matters more than convenience.

  5. Share like you mean it! Thanks to the folks at Sharemrkt, you can find thousands of ways to share all in one place!

If you are interested in behaviour change and want to take part in my #CHANGE! project email me or join the conversation on Twitter #CHANGE! @benitamatofska and if you haven’t already, take my 1-minute survey and find out if answering a survey can change the world.

[1] Pitney Bowes, 2017

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