Beth has lived a carbon, plastic, and poverty/slavery negative life since 2016.
In 2016, Beth discovered that she and every other person on the planet contributed to the ills of the world by receiving an unasked-for-discount on everything they bought. This was because corporations cut costs and passed the savings along to consumers.
Though she was already a conscientious consumer, minimalist, bicyclist, bought most of her things used, and otherwise lived a green lifestyle, she realized she was barely scratching the surface. Her modern lifestyle, as modest as it was was still causing the destruction of the planet and perpetuating poverty and slavery.
She endeavored to set the record straight.
At the time she was living paycheck to paycheck and through her months of research had determined that everything she owned was discounted by corporations by roughly 10–30%. Electronics, like her cell phone, cost a fraction of what they should have.
She started to “pay back her discount” by donating 10% of her take-home income to charities that directly focused on healing what the manufacturing of her stuff had injured.
At the time, she was living paycheck to paycheck. To find the wiggle room in her spending she employed three budget-free money/time saving techniques. They were a further crafting of techniques she’d learned from, one, her single-mother-of-two when Beth was a child and very poor, and, two, from when she put herself through college.
Beth developed a robust method of vetting charities before she donated hundreds of dollars a month.
Surprisingly, within two months, Beth had a baseline increase in her mood. She awoke giddy like never before, even as a child. That’s when she researched and found out the health benefits of giving: better mood, health, and longer life.
Within months her financial situation turned around while she was donating money to charities. That’s when she researched the wealth benefits of giving. She continued to benefit and in her first year, she paid off her credit card debt, bulked up her checking account up to five figures, and invested money for retirement, while giving hundreds of dollars a month to not-for-profits to clean up after her mess.
That’s when she realized she had a system and then wondered what if everyone who could afford to live like this did.
The global numbers and history, with some reasonable assumptions, showed that we could reverse global warming and clean up oceans in 30 years and eradicate poverty in 10.
She now writes about the methods and teaches a course so others can benefit from this empowering way to live.
INTEGRITY HERO Overview
Living like an Integrity Hero means living a higher quality life while you take steps to materially fix the planet in as short as 30 years, including reversing global warming.
We don't need to wait for government or corporations. All change started from the bottom--from the founding of the U.S. to abolition, to suffrage, the labor movement, the civil rights movement, and BLM.
Unlike people may think, doing good does not mean a life of sacrifice--quite the opposite, if you know how. You'll be happier, healthier, and wealthier because you're living in integrity at a heroic level.
Here's why ...
People break out of feeling helpless to being empowered. They take ownership of their lives and steer it away from a corporate dominated world. Because our manufacturing processes are out of whack, consumers receive an unasked-for-discount because corporations cut corners to save costs and pass on the savings in the sales price.
When consumers start to realize the extent of their footprints, it's natural to want to do something to fix it.
Giving to charities that clean up after our modern lifestyles is how to erase your footprints as best as you can given this broken system.
Giving on the heroic level is an undiscovered life enhancing practice. Science has proven that just merely giving in general is as good for you as eating well, working out, and getting good sleep.
When you give you the "Giver's Glow" due to your brain getting a dump of dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins. I call them the DOSE for short. Science has shown through MRIs and controlled studies that givers, as opposed to non-givers, have less incidents of cancer, heart attacks, and obesity. Givers sleep better, handle stress better, live longer, have a better sex life, and get wealthier because they give.
When we start to engage like this we have a felt sense of doing our best despite a broken system and we act on our cognitive dissonance, which relieves anxiety.
It was such a life upgrade for me I asked, What if everyone did this?
It turns out that we can reverse global warming by as early as 2050 and get plastics out of the oceans by then, and eliminate poverty in as short as 10 years.
The consumers with discretionary income (adults in the middle class and above) number 763Mil in the world. If you divide all the CO2e by that number of people, an then by 30 years (I used 2020 as the start year), you get 113 tonnes per year, so below 9.5 tonnes a month. If you pick a drawdown project for about $7 (a reasonable price) then each adult will spend about $66 a month. Take that times 763Mil, and you have $50Bil every month spent on reversing global warming.
That's going to attract the brightest minds to the industry of carbon sequestration and create jobs with meaning.
Humans have achieved incredible change and innovation when they concentrate on it. One example is making WWII bombers (impossible at the outset of the war, one an hour produced within four years from "impossible").
All we have to do is take a deep dive into erasing our and our ancestral footprints and reap the mental, health, and wealth benefits as we turn this mess around. We will show, not just through voting and marching, but through how we spend our money that we are serious about world health. We will create jobs with meaning as we fund the not-for-profit sector to do the right thing.
We, the people, are the demand. We guide government and corporate behavior through our purchasing decisions.
Through Radical Footprint Life you thrive during a challenging time while you make an unprecedented impact.