I have been a green story teller now for four years and it all started out with a vision. That vision was an “Effort To Reduce Our Family’s Carbon Footprint So We Can Start Making A Difference For Our Children and Future Generations To Come”, which we have strived for daily. The stories have been written by yours truly, and are my family’s journey along the path to a sustainable future. My vision, which I turned into a mission and goals, has mainly come true (insofar as lowering my carbon/environmental footprint). I have discovered that I am only beginning to scratch the surface regarding the power of story telling with positive vision about an abundant future. This is a vision of the future which is energy-lean, time-rich, less stressful, healthier and happier. I have also come to realize that our very own story, is indeed an abundant vision of the future, which we are now living daily. It took me a while to realise this.
However, of late other people have been joining in to help tell my family’s story. These stories began as a local media frenzy after I was awarded the Blog of the Year by ReNew Magazine and it has been a great way to spread a very simple message. That message is that living a more sustainable lifestyle is not difficult nor costly when put into perspective against our current societal behaviors which are costly and destructive. I believe that these stories are helping to communicate the message far and wide.
So to share, here are a few articles and few radio interviews that I have given over the last month.
Interview on The Good Earth radio show, Part 1 with Part 2 airing next month.
World Wide Webber A Hit, Melton Weekly Newspaper
Melton Man Prepares Garden Bed, Melton Leader Newspaper
ATA Webinar – Retrofitting Your Home For Energy Efficiency
Gavin Webber – The Green Bloke, by Greg Foyster
Original ReNew Article that started it all.
There are also two more articles in the pipeline, one about being ‘Almost Vegetarian’, and another about establishing traditions, which focuses on my cheese-making obsession.
Now, not wanting to sound narcissistic, I have also written another Grass Roots article which I think appears in the next issue which is about “How I built my Clay Cob Oven”.
I think that media outlets find my family’s story interesting, because it helps to balance the doom and gloom of current events (politics, disasters, finance), and documents a feel good environmental story of what is possible if you put your mind to it. I feel humbled to be that messenger, but I certainly feel up to the task. However with all that said and done, there is nothing quite like writing a good blog post, which obviously got their attention in the first place.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you
plant. – Robert Louis Stephenson