Islam’s fasting month Ramadan is right now celebrated by many of Sweden’s around 400 000 muslims. But a period of thoughtfulness could do a lot of good even to those who aren’t muslims, thought Lisa Aurelius, who was annoyed at so much food being transported across the world to reach Swedish refrigerators. So she started a Facebook group called “One month with a simpler lifestyle”.
- More and more people are discovering that happiness doesn’t live in new stuff, and they feel attracted to what’s more simple and natural, she says to the newspaper Expressen.
And Lisa Aurelius’ idea has gotten lots of followers: More than 11000 persons have now stated that they will live a simpler life during August and on the event’s homepage (in Swedish only) they share their ideas of how to consume less.
One person have turned of her water heater and takes her baths in a local lake. Others eat less meat, let washed clothes dry outside instead of using the tumble drier, or try to live only off what the Swedish nature can give at this time of the year.
I really like Gun Nordell Sörbring’s observation:
“It’s so much easier to have a good life when many people eat together. Since 25 years back we are a group of people who get together with children and grandchildren and share our food: homesmoked perch from our lake (which I could never make myself), different pies with locally grown vegetables, homemade cake with our own currants… //…a wonderful variety to share in the light of the fire and the moon by the shore of lake Barken. And so much less work for each one of us.”
Or Bruno Harrysson’s note from Day 13:
“Yesterday I sold a few windows. Today I’m buying used wooden material. Recycling: One man’s trash – another man’s treasure.”