Sustainability is a term, which recently became fashionable.
Whether politics, economy, or social institutions: Sustainability is the buzzword du jour. However, what actually is sustainability? Sustainability is the capacity to endure. Hence, it is about a responsible usage of resources. Why should a journey in such a country be attractive for you? From an economic and ecological perspective alike: Sustainable behavior of others does help you directly.

Your own sustainable behavior helps you indirectly: How? First, you set the example.
Therewith you inspire folks to think outside the box as well. You can be a snowball causing an avalanche. This will turn into a boomerang, since others will treat you in a responsible very as well. Secondly, sustainable actions will lead to satisfaction: You have done something good for our planet and therewith other human beings. Just try it!

In the first step, understand that sustainability stands on two feet:
Your consumption and your behavior. Both are inseparable. Hence, reflect your consumption behavior. The Sustainability List is a proven tool to capture it. Sit down for half an hour and think about your consumption in the categories nutrition, clothes, electronic devices, mobility, and travel. Write down everything, which comes into your mind.
 
Nutrition: How does your diet look like? Do you eat meat or only plants? Reflect the last week: What did you have for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between? Just list the approximate amounts. Bad example: One glass of jam, half a cow, 5-liter milk etc.
 
Clothes: How many clothes do you have? What are they made of? Estimations about the amount and ingredients are sufficient. Example: 2 coats, 10 jackets, 20 trousers, and 30 shirts. They are made of 70% polyester and 30% cotton. Also, list how often you buy new ones, how often you wear them, and how many you give away through which channels.
 
Electronic Devices: How many electronic devices do you own? Here are well: Document how often you buy new ones, how often you use them, and how many you give away through which channels?
 
Mobility: What is your usual vehicle in daily life? Which kind of fuel does your car need? How much is the average consumption of your car? Are you an aggressive or reserved driver? This might look detailed. However, a thorough documentation makes sense. You will learn why in a minute.
 
Travel: How often do you go on vacation? Where do you travel? Which vehicle do you take? Do you spend your vacation on the countryside or in cities? Do you consciously enjoy being surrounded by nature? Do you leave it as you have found it? Do you adjust to the cultures of foreign countries?

In the second step, define your target state. Where do you want to be in the different categories?
 
Thirdly identify improvement areas in your consumption behavior to live more sustainable. Here you go category by category again.
 
Nutrition: From a sustainability perspective, I recommend you to become a vegetarian. Best case vegan with a high portion of raw food. The production of food based on animals requires many resources.
 
Clothes: Think about buying high quality clothes, which is as unprocessed as possible and made of renewable resources (e.g. wool or hemp). Purchase timeless clothes instead of chasing trends. Spend a little bit more money on quality. Buy fewer clothes. Wear them more often and longer. Do through fewer away but resell or donate your clothes.
 
Electronic Devices: How many electronic devices do you need? Nowadays you can almost do everything with your smartphone: Talking, writing, surfing, watching movies, listening to music etc. Try to buy fewer devices in better quality. You do not need to purchase the latest cell, TV, computer or gaming station every year. Before you blindly buy something, check if you really need it. Does it make you happier? Do you just follow trends and fit in? If in doubt, do not make the purchase. Keep in mind that many people on this planet barely have electronic devices. Yet they are satisfied. Maybe even more than you are. Just a few years ago, the above-mentioned products did not even exist. Your parents and grandparents can confirm that.
 
Mobility: In contrast to the car, the train allows you to work, read, meditate, and even sleep in it. If you use this vehicle more often in daily life, you will win days, weeks, and even years of lifetime, in which you can work on making your aims in life come true. In addition, I can highly recommend the bike. You can combine moving from A to B with your outdoor exercises on the fresh air. Well, if you do not need to cycle through a city at rush hour. If you need to take the car regardless, consider to buy one with an engine running on renewable energy (example electric drive). Furthermore, it needs to run fuel efficiently. Drive less and more ecologically (i.e. shift gears up early and down lately).
 
Travel: The world is beautiful. It makes mad fun to discover it. In addition, it expands your horizon. Nonetheless: Try to go on less long distance travels by plane or car. I am sure your home country offers many gorgeous spots, which you have not visited yet. In addition, the neighbor countries must be worth some round trips as well.

Here again, my phrase applies: Hang in there!
Sustainability is a marathon by definition. Move steadily systematically in line with your aims in life. Review your actions on an annual basis. Think about what you can start, stop, change, or continue in order to behave as sustainably as possible considering your individual way of life. Feel free to travel this country multiple times. Make it a habit to act responsively with a long vision for this planet. Take the train more frequently. It provides a save and stress less way of traveling.

 

 
YOLO instead of LOHA
Ignorance is often keeps people away from changing the world. “Why should I be interested in other people or even future generations? I just live once. I want to have as much fun as possible. Sustainability is not helpful for that.” If you feel yourself slipping into this mindset, just travel this country again. Especially, you should apply the sustainability principle in real life to experience the magic. Everything is connected. You will recognize how your lust for life increases as soon you act more responsibly.

Extremism
The opposite of ignorance is an addiction to sustainable behavior. It is not necessary the wonderful things humans experience which act responsible. It is more the feeling of doing something noble, which makes people addicted and drives them into the extreme. Beware of that.

Intolerance
“I am better than you. I act more correctly, ethical and prospective as you do.” Intolerance against people who behave less sustainable can lead to dissociation, a drop in empathy and even disgust. Negative attitudes will inevitably lead to unhappiness. Embrace the fact that each one of us is on one’s individual learning curve. Instead of judging, you should set the example and support others to act more sustainably.

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