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Self-sufficiency for Beginners

"What can we do as individuals and communities
to better provide for the future?"

They said there was no toilet paper and I laughed in disbelief. I quickly dismissed the news and knew that I was safe because I lived in the country. This was a ‘city person’ problem.

Fast forward two days and they were right, there was no toilet paper in the shops. My family was now frantically messaging back and forth with plans to share toilet paper. In this instance, I was very lucky because I was subscribed to a toilet paper delivery and had just received a box of 48 rolls a week earlier. But what if I hadn't received this delivery?

That is when the questions started arising and the ideas started rolling.

Have these same recent events changed the way you perceive your security? Finances, relationships, health and homes have all been tested and it has us all thinking... What can we do as individuals and communities to better provide for the future?

According to the Global Footprint Network’s ‘National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts 2019’ Report, Australia’s Earth Overshoot Day for 2019 was 31 March 2019. Indicating that as a country Australia had consumed its yearly resources in three months, therefore relying on the next year's supply and the subsequent years after that. 

With this information in mind we need to ask how secure we are and what we can do about it?

As individuals, it can be overwhelming to see statistics such as these. It can feel like a burden, an impossible task. How can little old me save Australia and the world?

Well here’s the good news. You don’t have to save the world. You can simply start by learning how to support yourself and in doing so, the impact you will have on your family, friends and community will multiply naturally.

At Little Bumble we are passionate about giving people the tools and information they need to save time, save money and save the environment. We also love supporting our local community and believe that Gippsland is such a beautiful and bountiful place to live. Keeping this in mind we want to explore more ways that we can all become more self-sufficient and support our local community.

With this blog, along with our other social media platforms we will be touching on a diverse range of topics and tips that relate to self-sufficiency. We would love your input and comments as we explore this important topic over the next few weeks.

“There is no power for change greater than a community
discovering what it cares about.”
- Margaret Wheatley

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References:

Earth Overshoot Day, Global Footprint Network (2020). Country Overshoot Days, National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts 2019. Retrieved from Overshootday.org: https://www.overshootday.org/ 

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