7 Days to Go: Evan Kopelson’s Quest

I shot this video yesterday when there were 7 days to go… now it’s just 6 days until my quest to make a difference kicks into high gear.

On 10/31/09, I’ll be moving out of my 3 bedroom apartment on the beach and into a space which represents a total 180 change from my current lifestyle. I’m leaving my home of 12 years and obliterating my comfort zone in an effort to live more sustainably and hopefully inspire others.

There are so many things each of us can do to make a difference with our lives. This is what I can do right now: change my lifestyle of everything to excess, to be more humble and sustainable; because if I can do this, everybody can do something.

So on Halloween Day, I’m fulfilling a promise I made to myself and others about a month ago: to make a difference with my life by shedding excess possessions, downsizing my apartment, and doing it with the same commitment and dedication I used to amass a life’s worth of stuff.

By making this change on a grand scale, I hope to encourage others to make small changes in their own lives.

Today is tomorrow’s past.

When we look back at our past, it’s the choices we make that we remember with joy or remorse.

This choice, I make in joy, for the sake of tomorrow.

Here are 3 things we can do in our own lives to help ease the burden on the planet and use less resources:

  • Unplug those cradles and chargers – did you know that 5% of all the energy used in the USA is attributed to chargers and cradles plugged into walls and not being used? That’s an easy fix.
  • Eat less meat – raising cows and pigs for slaughter creates more greenhouse gas emissions than all the trucks, cars, and planes combined. First we clear cut forests and lose the most powerful carbon sequestration tool on the planet. Then the methane from the animal farts (billions of farts!) is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and without the forests to sequester the gas, it goes into the atmosphere and harms our planet.
  • Ride your bike – even just once every few days to do an errand locally can make a difference. Consider getting a rear rack for your bike and doing some local errands. Go “car lite” and drive less often.