On July 1, 2020, the Operation Green team hosted our second English session of the “Stay at Home, Eco at Home” series. We had an even more international audience than the last time including participants from Europe and Africa!
This webinar titled “10 Easy Ways to Incorporate Sustainability Into Your Everyday Life” featured Manuel Bergmann, the founder of Coaching for Cause and a sustainability coach and activist. In the session, he shared concrete sustainable changes that anyone can integrate into his/her life without too much effort.
1. Anyone can lead a more sustainable lifestyle by making small changes.
2. Lead by example to inspire others to love and protect nature.
3. Use social media to share your sustainable lifestyle journeys.
Here you can watch the recording of Manu’s session.
Manu shared 10 practical steps to start incorporating sustainability into our daily lives, such as reducing consumption & waste and advocating for people and the planet.
Did you know that we make 35,000 choices per day? This includes the choices to what we buy, how many we buy, etc.. Since we are running out of resources on the planet, we have to be mindful of every choice that we make. Manu explained the importance of redefining our values and asking ourselves before we go out and buy something new, “Do we really need it?”
All 10 steps are equally important, but eating less animal products especially has a big positive impact on the environment. Avoiding meat and dairy products could reduce our carbon footprint by as much as 75%! Manu understands that it can be challenging to suddenly become vegan, so he suggested starting with a smaller step like “Meatless Mondays” first, and then transitioning into a more complete plant-based diet.
Manu asked the participants “What is your current level of knowledge on living sustainably from 1 to 10?” at the beginning and end of the webinar. How much do you think the responses went up by? Over 2 points! The average score increased from 6.33 to 8.82.
Being a social media expert and an environmental activist, Manu also shared practical tips on how to plant seeds in others to make positive changes by using social media.
Manu illustrated how sharing your passion for sustainability is a great way to lead by example without imposing your opinions on others. He assured us that we don’t have to be an environmental expert to start posting, since documenting the process can be a source of inspiration.
If you are interested in learning more from Coaching for Cause, its Eco Membership offers weekly webinars on sustainability, monthly panel discussions, and weekly meditation sessions.
A total of 31 participants attended this webinar which ended up with a lively Q&A session.
Q: “How do you balance living a sustainable life without seeming like a sustainability snob?”
A: “Become sustainability sexy by making it fun and exciting!”
Q: “These 10 steps may be too slow to stop climate change. What do you think is the most effective and fastest way to raise awareness for everyone?”
A: “The fastest way is to bring people together. Unfortunately, there is no quick solution to complicated issues like climate change. However, all of our small actions can make a big impact when they are combined. ‘You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make,’ as Jane Goodall once said.”
(This report was written by Yo Watanabe from Earth Company)
About the Speaker:
Founder of Coaching for Cause
Manuel is a passionate sustainability activist and video maker who tries to inspire as many people as possible to make a positive change in the world. He has been living a sustainable lifestyle for years and founded Coaching for Cause, an online coaching platform that brings people, coaches, and NGOs together for sustainable living. He is excited to share tips and tricks that he has been using through his own sustainable journey.
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About Operation Green:
Operation Green is an Earth Company initiative supported by the Japan Fund for Global Environment under the Japanese Ministry of Environment. It aims to facilitate the adoption of eco-operations among businesses, schools, and NGOs through an original framework and case studies.
About “Stay at Home, Eco at Home”:
During this stay-at-home pandemic, Operation Green invites you to learn and implement sustainable practices in your home environment. The “Stay at Home, Eco at Home” webinar series features inspiring eco-practitioners from all walks of life to share their stories and tips.