Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Lean Money: A Greener Way to Live

Think about everything you do in a day. Wake up, head to Starbucks for the season’s newest latte trend, stop by the gas station to fill up your SUV, head to the supermarket to pick up some groceries for dinner, then head back home to do it all over again. Now, imagine doing this all on a miserly budget of $1.37! Impossible you say! We think not! According to Ales Cerin, “nickel and dime-ing” has become a better and greener way of life.

The Slovenian father of four has been living on 1.01 Euros per day for a little over two months now. What makes his consumerism martyrdom so astonishing is that he is hoping to raise awareness about global poverty in the developing world and Western over-indulgence.

How does he do it you ask? Cerin starts and ends his day in his elaborate garden where he grows apples, leeks, chicory, beans, salads, and peppers among other fruits and vegetables. Where his garden falls short he simply meanders to the next door farm where he purchases milk and forages through the nearby forrest for chestnuts.

While most of us in the western world don't have access (or time) to an ornate garden, we can certainly admire the motivation behind Ales Cerin’s notable undertaking. Think about this for a moment: While we are constantly counting calories and investing in trendy diets, why not donate the extra calories we’re extracting from our plates to those who inherently need them? How’s that for some food for thought? Have YOU helped save the world today?

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