Last week, there was a twitter storm. Did you feel it? It was started by heaps of different organisations who want to end fossil fuel subsidies and picked the Rio+20 summit as the time to lobby governments to make that change. Over 100,000 tweets with the #endfossilfuelsubsidies tag were tweeted out - and it trended worldwide for a long time. I didn't see my twitter feed exploding with tweets about it - did your feed feel the storm?
Along with the storm - which I mostly felt because of my job - came videos about climate change. And one in particular had a line that struck me.
It was a young woman from India or Africa - I can't remember which - and she was talking about how we need not be in the pursuit of wealth but the pursuit of just enough.
In the pursuit of just enough.
I've been saying the words to myself over and over again, letting them roll around in my head until the words themselves mean almost nothing.
Then, last night I was getting my comment on and going from blog to blog and I cam upon these posts: this one from This is Nice and this one from Life in the (hypothetical) Promised Land.
And that's the thing about blogging, you look around and realise that heaps of people are writing about thing that you've been mulling over from different perspectives and from different starting points. Ah, community.
Inspector Climate and I live a pretty simple life. We're not big fans of stuff and try pretty hard to limit what we buy to things that we use. And for the most part, I feel pretty confident when it comes to saying no to wealth when it = things and greed. And that's all part of sustainability to me. We have to recognise when what we have is more enough.
I'm not sure what my point is. I'm just hoping that recognising when enough is just enough will become a bigger part of each of our lives (and for that matter, fossil fuel companies lives. What's with the subsidies, yo?).
As a side note, it's recently come to my attention that I do not follow enough people on twitter - Let's rectify that shall we? Leave your twitter handle in the comments and let's share some twitter love :)