Comment 74956

By Borrelli (registered) | Posted March 02, 2012 at 11:10:58

d) Social: "lifestyle" choices can have an enormous impact, but only when they go beyond individuals. When they start becoming a part of local cultural rituals, this brings "change" on a far more basic level than any new law. It starts with friends and neighbours, by simple acts of sharing and favours, or simply setting a good example.

Love love love this point.

Immediately what comes to mind is neighbours getting to know one another by working and hanging out around community gardens (that also keep them from having to buy so many imported fruits and veggies); neighbours taking turns hosting low-resource potlucks (that put leftovers and garden harvests to good use); building connections with people two blocks away instead so that recreation and socialization is a walk away (instead of a drive up to a movie theatre or bar).

These choices can all be a) cheap b) easy and c) fun, and are resilient, replicable rituals that can be role-modelled to others (adults and children).

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