In these days you can do a lot of things for free. Legally . No need to buy a newspaper- you can read it for free (some papers are changing to subscriptions only , but often you can still get some free articles - or choose a different one). No need to pay for a cinema ticket : movies are cheap and if you subscribe for very little you can get many films for a very small price . You can also find plenty of free entertainment online on platforms such as YouTube , Vimeo .. no need to buy cds : Spotify has all the music you want , for free . You can also just listen to very informative stories or fun chats on various podcasts platforms . You can get workouts for free and yoga classes for free, on YouTube or on the many apps which have a free version. If you buy something online , for much cheaper than in shop , you get free deliveries and free returns .
Outdoors adventures. If you know me even a little bit, you may know I am not shy of outdoors adventures. Hiking, running, sailing, swimming, rowing, surfing, climbing.. anything that makes you be in the great outdoors. You will find me there . There is something magical about being there , you become aware not only about the beauty of the surroundings but also about the power that nature has. You learn it the hard way too, when a wave crashes on your head and you end up in a washing machine trying not to hit your head while hoping you will get to breathe soon, or while you have too much sail surface on, making hard to impossible to steer, or while you are atop a mountain and you see a storm coming and the path in front of you looks so hard and rugged but going back isn’t an option.
I wrote before about the importance of respecting nature and being careful about planning adventures . I also made a list of sports and how to ensure to make these really sustainable (e.g. sustainable scuba, sup). Today I want to focus on the idea that maybe outdoorsy people are more likely to want to protect it too.
Living waste free is often only associated with the avoidance of packaging , single use plastic and the swap to reusable everything . But it’s a limiting vision.
Being waste free means being mindful of how much we buy, because inevitably the more we buy the more we end up throwing away.
This goes for items, buying new shoes and throwing away old ones when maybe we could just fix or wash the older ones, just as an example. But if nobody buys shoes, and companies keep on producing them , there will be waste. So the key is to reduce the demand . The ‘fast - economy' (fast food, fast fashion ...) is the number one enemy of sustainability.
But this also goes for more ‘basic’ needs - like food .
‘Arm race’ stand for a pattern of competitive acquisition of military capability between two or more countries.
The term is also used in evolutionary biology, preceded by the word ‘evolutionary’ to describe the struggle between competing sets of co-evolving genes, traits, or species, that develop adaptations and counter-adaptations against each other, that resembles this competitive arms race.
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