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Building Thriving, Resilient Communities Guide #2

Taking Steps Toward Resilience: Lifestyle Changes

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This is the briefest Guide, but perhaps the most personal. Here are 10 simple steps you, your family, and friends and neighbors can take to use less energy, become more mindful about your choices, and build resilience. Many of the links lead to additional information and resources for DIY projects.

  1. Build community. Relationships are the foundation of resilient communities. Get to know your neighbors by organizing a potluck, sharing something, or simply stopping by to say hello.
  2. Grow some of your own food. You can start simple by growing in containers on a patio or windowsill or renting a plot in a community garden. Or, if you have access to land, start a garden or go all out with a permablitz.
  3. Share and repair. Two simple and rewarding ways to reduce consumption and save money are by sharing things you don’t use all the time (vacuum, car, tools, etc.) with friends and neighbors, and by repairing items when they break instead of buying new ones.
  4. Minimize waste by purchasing fresh and bulk foods to avoid extra packaging, and start composting organic waste.
  5. Help keep wealth in your community. Buy local when possible, and consider switching to a local bank or credit union.
  6. Reduce home energy use and save money by hanging a clothesline or conducting a home energy efficiency audit.
  7. Conserve water. Fix the leaks, take shorter showers, sheet mulch your lawn, and install a greywater or rainwater harvesting system.
  8. Green your ride. Walk or get a bicycle, learn how to use public transport, or redesign your routine to minimize your drive.
  9. Build inner resilience. Cultivate meaningful relationships, practice mindfulness or spend time in nature.
  10. Join a Transition town or community resilience initiative near you, and start transforming your community!
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