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Living Without Cash: The Ultimate in Green Lifestyle Choices

Living Without Cash: The Ultimate in Green Lifestyle Choices

I just read about an inspiring individual, so bent on affecting social change, he willingly and happily has given up cash, and as such, has embraced a lifestyle that doesn’t require any. The most profound thing, to me at least, about his choice and the intent behind it, was the realization to which he came while talking to a friend about how to affect the most change:

“We were looking at the world’s issues – environmental destruction, sweatshops, factory farms, wars over resources – and wondering which of them we should dedicate our lives to. But I realised that I was looking at the world in the same way a western medical practitioner looks at a patient, seeing symptoms and wondering how to firefight them, without any thought for their root cause.”

He goes on to say that, “One of the critical causes of those symptoms is the fact we no longer have to see the direct repercussions our purchases have on the people, environment and animals they affect.” This stuck me deeply, as it is the primary reason I do what I do. I firmly believe that if people truly knew how each and every one of their decisions to buy a certain chocolate bar, or type of coffee, or stick of gum, or pair of shoes, or car, or stock options, or cell phone plan; affects a chain of people and various parts of our environment in varying degrees of destructive ways; they would choose more conscientiously. I firmly believe that education and information, as well as being a living example, are the ways to help affect social and environmental awareness and change.

To read more about how Mark Boyle lives without cash, see the entire article on him in the Guardian.co.uk and check out his freeconomy community.

- Jocelyn Broyles

Headline image © Mark Boyle

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4:41PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

amazing!

5:09AM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

thanks

8:43PM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

I wonder how he handles it... I also wonder how he is currently doing.

10:52AM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

Very good article I agree. How can consumers REALLY and truly know their impact?

11:21PM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

Very cool.

12:08PM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

Cool =)

2:48PM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

Freegan is interesting, and so is endeavoring to like without exchanging those chits of life energy we call currency.

But we need to give credit to the infrastructure in place. The roads, the power grid that feeds the servers of the Internet, the wifi towers, etc, etc.

Dropping off grid is still an economic interaction, just in different ways.

12:23PM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

I think the idea is great.....however,how do other peoples purchases and actions still affect him directly?...He may not buy or do something,but someone else probably does.....I take it,he just doesn't ask.

7:50PM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

I've visited the website and liked it a lot. It would be neat if everyone could do something similar...

http://mysite.verizon.net/reswz5tl/

1:35AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

:) good

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