Building a Sustainable Life
As we've gotten older and somewhat wiser, living a more sustainable life has become increasingly important to us. We live in northern New Mexico and both work full time in day jobs. We are making a home in the high desert and sharing what we learn and experience on this website. We have a passive solar home on 1.3 acres that we love, but we have only lived here a short time and have a lot of work to do outside and inside to make it a home. This website is where we will chronicle, and share, what we learn as we go--and we have a lot to learn! Our home in southern New Mexico is currently for sale.
Sustainable living is based on the simple premise that we all need to live in such a way that the resources we need to continue living, now and in the future, will be available not only for this generation, but generations to come. It also involves keeping the environment balanced and healthy for the sake of all living things, now and in the future. The 'all for me, all now' attitude has to change if we want our planet to continue to exist as human friendly. The Earth has a limited carrying capacity and if we continue to try to live beyond that, it is just a disaster in the making. Nature will put us back in balance at some point.
Sustainable living can't be defined as a group of methods or products. It is a philosophy that involves a comprehensive approach to all systems needed to support human life--shelter, power, food, transportation, water and waste. It can be on a large scale, such as a national effort to reduce air pollution, or individual such as the compost pile in your back yard. But we can all do something to live more sustainably. Humans in general are using natural resources faster than they can be replenished by nature.