My platform is very much a merger of cross-promotion of both minimalism and sustainability. In many ways, the two practices overlap by default. But there are also ways that they can contradict each other and that's what I am writing about today.
Let's get the elephant in the room out the way first. Minimalism is very much associated with the idea of less. However, in the pursuit of less, some people will throw things away... ending up buried in the earth in toxic landfills. What is even worse is having a disposable rotation of stuff to maintain 'minimalist' living. This is not the kind of minimalism that I promote.
This very much ties into the above point. We need to think of minimalism holistically, not just what we own. A flawed version of minimalism is not owning a few reusable coffee cups because it...
I do not mean let's not be sustainable.
I mean let's be more than sustainable because sustainability alone won't work.
What it means to be able to sustain, is to be able to keep going with what we are doing. Right now humans are continuing to cause harm to the planet and it is very unsustainable.
The scientific predictions of what the future on the planet looks like if we keep harming it, are really quite scary.
Sustainability seems to very much entail doing no harm, however, it doesn't encompass making the situation better.
We are, currently, so far removed from being sustainable than just implementing sustainability will not reverse the damage already done. We have cut down most of the world's forests, polluted the waterways, washed all the topsoil away, filled the ocean...