April 21-April 27 is National Downshifting Week, created by sustainable living writer and broadcaster Tracey Smith. During this week, citizens in the UK and US are asked to “Slow Down and Green Up!” Here are a few tips from the press release to help you downshift:
· Cut up a credit card – “Learning to live within our means is key to downshifting and positively embracing living with less is better still.”
· Plant something in the garden you can cultivate and eat – “Grow a few tomatoes or chillies on a windowsill if you have no garden; pesticide-free produce tastes amazing. It also breaks the myth that all food comes from the supermarkets!”
· Contact local food producers and re-think your vending machines at work – “Low mileage food and drinks and Fair Trade and Organic treats in the workplace…whatever next!”
· Book a half-day off work to spend with someone you love, no DIY allowed – “How can we have ‘quality time’ with great people, if we spend so much of it chasing the money? Money can’t buy you time.
For more information, visit www.downshiftingweek.com, where you can find suggestions for individuals, companies, and schools. Tracey also provides a great free ebook on the topic of downshifting.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”-Leonardo Da Vinci.