So often people want an easy answer about how to make their lives better, and help the environment, and in some ways it is easy, but just having a grocery list of “stuff to do to make the environment better” seems shallow and sort of missing the point. So I’m pleased that Shannon Hayes was reluctant to provide us with an easy out; From 10 Easy Steps for Becoming a Radical Homemaker by Shannon Hayes:
I didn’t see a to-do list as a viable route to a dramatic shift in thinking, beliefs, and behaviors. But since the objective of such a list was smoother discussion and communication of Radical Homemaking ideas with the public, I did it.
I came up with the simplest things I could imagine—like committing to hanging laundry out to dry, dedicating a portion of the lawn to a vegetable garden, making an effort to get to know neighbors to enable greater cooperation and reduce resource consumption.
Thank you, Shannon Hayes, for making such a list. While it may seem shallow, providing a list like this is a way for us easy-answer people to dive in and expand from there.