The two main obstacles to making environmentally sustainable lifestyle choices in our households are
Our goal at the chapters at Start With You is, in addition to raising awareness, to give people practical ways in which they can reduce the harmful impact they have on the environment and address these 2 root problems through the following approach.
• Of course, you can’t STOP showering to save water, but you CAN try to cut your showering time by half or take bucket baths instead.
• It’s fine if you can’t put solar panels on your rooftop, but you CAN make a difference by simply switching off electrical appliances when you leave the room, or turn down the air conditioner or thermostat when it is not necessary.
• It’s hard to run a political campaign to get your government to help with waste segregation, but you CAN simply keep a separate bin for kitchen waste at your home.
And so on
You get the idea. Baby steps as a community effort to bring change in the long run.
And at its core, the model the Chapters follow is a very Human-centric one, i.e. it strives to optimize on which measures can be most impactful for a given residential area accommodating the needs of the community. For instance, this can take the form of dealing with water toxicity in Brussels, Belgium, or energy consumption in San Diego, or waste management in Kerala, India and in Maputo, Mozambique, or excessive water use in Oxfordshire in England, and so on. And these are, in fact, places a few of the many locations our 52 Chapters have been established at.