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There is one thing you will hear me say again and again. As long as someone else is in control of your resources, they are in fact in control of your life. Consequently, my solution to that problem was to develop a sustainable, self reliant lifestyle. Not only that, but I’ve lived off the grid for more than 20 years. This podcast is not only about sustainable living it is also about teaching you to take more control over your life by being in control of many of your resources. It is possible t… Continue Reading >>
There is one thing you will hear me say again and again. As long as someone else is in control of your resources, they are in fact in control of your life. Consequently, my solution to that problem was to develop a sustainable, self reliant lifestyle. Not only that, but I’ve lived off the grid for more than 20 years. This podcast is not only about sustainable living it is also about teaching you to take more control over your life by being in control of many of your resources. It is possible to live a life without debt, produce much of your own food, have much more personal freedom, as well as increased personal security and peace of mind. So join me as I discuss diverse topics associated with sustainable living, off grid living, and share some of my hilarious and sometimes incredible adventures. My goal is to make you realize that you can also have a wonderful sustainable life that is adventurous, enjoyable, challenging, and rewarding. I will also make you question why you live the way you do now. Besides t << Show Less
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#080 Household Hazardous Waste and How to Avoid It Whenever someone mentions hazardous waste, you most likely think of big industry, or perhaps even radioactive material that is stored in some unknown place out of harms way. But unfortunately we commonly have numerous hazardous materials in our homes.Furthermore we actually produce 13 tons of hazardous waste every second? That amounts to over 400 million tons every year.  Presently there are over 700 man made chemicals that have been found in the human body that are not supposed to be there.  In this episode I want to talk about common household hazardous wastes, how to handle them and even how to avoid them.Always remember to live sustainably because this is how we build a better future. Patrick
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#080 Household Hazardous Waste and How to Avoid It Whenever someone mentions hazardous waste, you most likely think of big industry, or perhaps even radioactive material that is stored in some unknown place out of harms way. But unfortunately we commonly have numerous hazardous materials in our homes.Furthermore we actually produce 13 tons of hazardous waste every second? That amounts to over 400 million tons every year.  Presently there are over 700 man made chemicals that have been found in the human body that are not supposed to be there.  In this episode I want to talk about common household hazardous wastes, how to handle them and even how to avoid them.Always remember to live sustainably because this is how we build a better future. Patrick
#079 Recycling Part Three: 6 Common Household Items and How to Recycle Them Recycling is all about reducing the amount of waste that goes to the landfill. If you talk about recycling, most people instantly think about paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, and vegetable cans. However, there are a number of other things in our homes that can and should be recycled. For example, light bulbs.In this episode I am going to talk about how to recycle 6 common household items that most of us never even think about. It may require a little bit more work but it is something that is doable.  If you want to be in the know, then listen to this episode on Recycling Part Three: Common Household Items and How to Recycle Them. Always remember to live sustainably because this is how we build a better future. Patrick
#78 Recycling Part Two: We Need to Ditch Performative Environmentalism With all the talk about going green, I look at some of the things we do and question if we are doing more harm than good. Now more than ever we use every “R” word in the book: reuse, recycle, regenerate, reclaim, reabsorb, recreate, and even more.But is this all just a public performance. Are we just showing off instead of showing up. In this episode I want to discuss performative environmentalism. By doing so, I am going to make you feel bad about some of your green choices. Then I am going to tell you how you can truly make a difference. So stick around for Recycling Part Two: We Need to Ditch Performative Environmentalism.Always remember to live sustainably because this is how we build a better future. Patrick
#077 Recycling Part One: Recycling is Broken. How Do We Fix It? In today’s world you would think that recycling would be one of those no brainers. But then again you would think that climate action would be a no brainer as well especially since we have known about climate change for over 125 years. But yet here we are. Since I travel some for work I have the opportunity to live and work in different communities. I consistently work in places where it is almost impossible to find options for recycling. So why is it that recycling is so difficult. Why is it that the United States lags so far behind in the recycling scheme when there are numerous examples around the world of communities that offer us a view into best practices. If you want to know the answers to these questions, then listen to this episode on Recycling is Broken. How Do We Fix It? Always remember to live sustainably because this is how we build a better future. Patrick
#076 How to Thrive Outside of Mainstream Living sustainably is really truly nothing new. Yet because our modern culture has warped our way of thinking and sense of values, most people think of it as an “alternative lifestyle”. When the reality is that living sustainably should be considered mainstream.  But I have often said that when you find yourself in agreement with 90% of the people around you, pack your bags and run the other way as fast as you can. But, so says the guy that has lived off the grid for 25 years. Obviously I am not afraid to step outside the norm and live outside of mainstream  So if you want to hear the whole story then listen to this episode which is call. How to Thrive Outside of Mainstream. Always remember to live sustainably because this is how we build a better future. Patrick
#075 Can We Change Human Instincts? My niece, who by the way is wickedly intelligent and artistic, recently pointed something out to me that I’d never thought of before. Her observation of humanity is that we are nothing more than a huge evolutionary experiment. Not only that, but this experiment is running amuck and that is what is getting us in trouble.  The challenge for humanity is that we retain many instincts from our early years on this planet when we were still living in caves.  These early instincts served us well and in many ways guaranteed our very survival. But our present challenge is that these very instincts could now be our downfall.  If you want to know the whole story, then listen to this episode which is call Can We Change Human Instincts? Always remember to live sustainably because this is how we build a better future. Patrick
#074 Growing the Next World Wonder Unless you are particularly interested in Earth’s history, most people do not think in terms of a geological time scale. This is because geological time is measured in eons, eras, periods, epochs and ages. This corresponds to anything from 1 billion years to millions. But due to our lifespan we only relate to a human time scale, which is centuries, decades or less. In fact civilization as we know it is thought to have been around for only 6,000 years. Yet the changes that we have made to the planet during that time is the very reason we need projects such as the Great Green Wall. So, it you want to hear about this epoch project, then stayed tuned and listen to this episode which is called Growing the Next World Wonder. Always remember to live sustainably because this is how we build a better future. Patrick
#073 Tips and Tricks for Living Small I mentioned in E67 that our homes account for approximately 30% of our ecological impact. I have also mentioned before that most of us can live on much less than what we do. Helping you to accomplish just that is the focus of this three part series on the art of living small.  There are unique challenges to living in a small space. I know this from personal experience. But, there are also numerous ways to make the most of the space that you have and that is the focus of this episode. So, stay tuned for Tips and Tricks for Living in Small Spaces.Always remember to live sustainably because this is how we build a better future. Patrick
#072 What No One Tells You About Living Small In my last episode I spoke about the pros and cons of living small. I talked about how it is more affordable, how you can live without a mortgage, how you can simplify your life, how it is possible to be debt free. While all of that may sound attractive, you also have to realize that living small is a lifestyle choice that comes with a unique set of challenges.  In this episode, I am going to discuss all the things about living small that no one tells you. This episode is going to be packed with useful information that will help keep you out of trouble. If living small is something you are interested in doing, then stick around and listen to All The Things No One Tells You About Living Small. Always remember to live sustainably because this is how we build a better future. Patrick
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