Daily ecological practices of a youth leader

Daily ecological practices of a youth leader

In a world grappling with climate change, young people are often the vanguard of sustainable development and change. One such inspiring individual is pseudonym Chameleon, a youth person dedicated to promoting ecological practices in everyday life.  She participates in the youth workshop in Helsinki, organized by Valo-Valmennusyhdistys. Her story teaches us that even small actions matter and ecological lifestyle is a continuous learning process. We had the opportunity to sit down with Chameleon to learn more about her sustainable lifestyle and the motivations behind her choices.

Can you tell us a bit about your approach to sustainable living?

  • Absolutely! My journey towards a sustainable lifestyle began many years ago, inspired by my upbringing. My parents taught me the importance of sorting and recycling waste from a young age. This foundation has shaped my habits and choices as an adult.

What are some of the specific practices you follow to live sustainably?

  • One of the main practices I follow is buying second-hand items. I frequent flea markets like Fida and SPR Kontti to find clothes and dishes. Second-hand items are usually more durable and certainly more affordable. Plus, you can easily tell if used clothes have held up well over time. I also adhere to a vegan diet, which I adopted after my friends inspired me to research it. The primary reasons for my veganism are to avoid animal abuse and for health benefits, with ecology being an added bonus. Additionally, in my everyday life I always sort my rubbish and prefer taking public transport. I don’t travel much, so my carbon footprint from air travel is minimal.

How did you become aware of the importance of these ecological practices?

  • My awareness has grown over the years, largely through the news and personal research. Climate change is a significant concern, and I often reflect on how my choices impact the environment. It’s a continuous learning process.

What skills have you developed as a result of your commitment to sustainable living?

  • One key skill I’ve developed is making informed decisions. When you know more, you make better choices. This applies to everything from the food I eat to the clothes I buy. I’ve also become more resourceful and creative in finding sustainable alternatives to everyday items.

What advice would you give to others looking to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle?

  • Start small and gradually incorporate more sustainable practices into your routine. Educate yourself about the impact of your choices and stay informed. Also, don’t underestimate the value of community and learning from others. Sometimes, a single inspiring conversation can spark a significant change in your habits.

Chameleon’s commitment to sustainable living is a testament to the positive impact individuals can have on the environment. Her journey shows that with knowledge, inspiration, and conscious choices, anyone can contribute to a more sustainable future.

The angel wing (Begonia corralina) plant grows in the youth space Lysis where Chameleon participates in the activities

The angel wing (Begonia corralina) plant grows in the youth space Lysis where Chameleon participates in the activities.

Interview by Jaana Härkönen

Photo by Chameleon