Sustainable living is about respecting the limits of the earth's capacity to provide.
Rooted in Presentation foundress, Nano Nagle’s legacy of radical hospitality, the Presentation directional statement offers a call to transformation - a call that challenges sisters and associates to “support sustainability and systemic change for the common good.”
Creating a sustainable lifestyle takes a lifelong commitment – to learning, experimenting, exploring, committing to increasingly sustainable practices and, above all, loving. It requires a complete shift in how we live our lives. Because we do unto others all day long – through the clothes we buy, the energy we use, the food we eat - every choice we make impacts others – through its creation, its distribution, its use and its disposal. And most likely we'll never know or even see who we are impacting. Because we live in such a global, profit-at-all-costs world, the number impacted is astounding.
We all want our homes protected, our neighborhoods unpolluted, a plentiful supply of safe drinking water and food – and knowing that our future is secure. And we want others to make choices that ensure we have these things. Choosing a sustainable lifestyle requires us to change just about every aspect of our lives – to change how we spend our days. It involves shifting our lifestyle away from consumption and toward more sustainable activities. This change will bring many positive benefits: increased joy and satisfaction and a sense of purpose and improved health. It will also bring a greater sense of community.
Below are three essential steps for living sustainably:
- Simplifying: Simplifying as much as possible – minimizing clutter in all areas of life – is the first of two essential steps for kick-starting a sustainable life.
- Taking a Full Inventory: Taking a thorough inventory of ones life – our purchases of products and services, our modes of transportation, etc. is the second critical step. It helps us really understand how we are living now in order to identify and shift away from unsustainable choices.
- Making a Lifelong Commitment: An earnest, lifelong commitment to make the most loving choice each and every time. The first two steps build sustainability into our lives, making this commitment easier to keep. It also gets easier as our satisfaction with our new lifestyle grows.