[So it's pretty tricky to introduce yourself properly through a screen, but thats the day and age we live in so here goes!]
I'm Roland, an #everydaygreenie.
If you can please just imagine me saying “how’s it going!” I think it’s probably as close to a real introduction as I’m gonna get on this platform.
I'm 25 years old.
I live in beautiful Sydney, Australia.
For work I own and run a coffee shop with one of my best friends.
I surf a lot, usually 4-5 (sometimes 6-7!) days a week.
I know. Jackpot.
I've also been living in my van for a whole year.
It’s a pretty big van and I’ve decked it out with everything I need to live almost completely off the grid. The opportunity to live in it permanently is a real treat and has facilitated a heap of positive changes in my life. I’m outdoors more, I sleep more, I surf more, I eat really well, I use less electricity. I'm also the happiest I've ever been.
I get to live a fairly unique lifestyle, and regularly do things that the overwhelming majority of people on Earth never get given the opportunity to even try. As such, I'm certain that this is a time of my life I will gaze fondly back upon. I guess that’s been a big catalyst for starting this blog - appreciated by others or not, it's going to be an epic digital keepsake for me in the future.
But more relevantly, this site is an outlet for me to express my opinions on how everyone can improve their environmental footprint and in doing so, spread more positivity within this gorgeous globe we call home.
I’m a pretty stoic environmentalist. Whilst I’m horrified by a lot of things humans have done to the planet in the last century, I know there is still time for effective change!
I know what the assumption probably is, but I promise I'm not a grubby hippie! I'll admit, I do align with some obvious trademarks - daydreaming vegetarian environmentalist living in his van doesn't exactly betray any stereotypes. But! I still contribute to society, I don't own anything tie-died, I am informed of current affairs and (try as I might) I don't think I'll ever achieve a full-bodied beard.
I’m just blessed to have the ability to make choices that I know are not available to the vast majority of the planet. It's this thought that gets me up in the morning - I know I've won the lottery compared to 99.99% of people who walk this Earth. I am therefore resolved to take responsibility, to seize every opportunity that comes my way, seize it with both hands and squeeze until my knuckles go white.
More practically, I want to provide some insight about how anyone and everyone can make small contributions to reduce their ecological impact and tread a little lighter - and a little happier - in this wonderful world.
There's a hidden message in environmentalism which I think has been lost in translation.
It's all very well for Leo to go to the icecaps in a helicopter and make speeches at the UN, but how can the everyman relate? I think there has been a communication breakdown of sorts, and implementing practical change has been made to be a much bigger effort than it needs to be.
That's where I come in - trust me when I say that there are things that you can do every single day that - no matter how small they seem - will add up and will make a difference.
And the more of us that do this, the faster change will happen, and the better off we'll all be. We're all in this together.
So yeah, that's about it.
I just feel really, really lucky. And with that I feel responsible to give back anywhere and everywhere I can.
I truly want to share my luck for the better of this planet and all who call it home, and hopefully inspire some others to realise how lucky they are too.
I'm lucky to be born into freedom, I'm lucky to live in Australia, I'm lucky to have a job that doesn’t feel like one, I’m lucky to be able to often do activities many people only get to dream of. But as the saying goes, "you make your own luck" - I've worked hard to manufacture an existence of love, positivity, environmental mindfulness and personal happiness.
You can too.