Hot on the heels of my manifesto for a sustainable future, an idea for the first steps towards that ideal, vanlife, ie living in a van.
This is something Maureen and I did when we left the UK back in 2000, and had this digital world existed then, to help us create the perfect living environment, we would no doubt still be doing it, with a piece of land somewhere to act as a permanent base if and when needed.
Nomadism is the ultimate aim for our species, in order to achieve real sustainability, and stand any chance of a future, but it is a huge step. Vanlife is the perfect way to make that first important move towards it. Because:
- we immediately cease to have a footprint on the planet, freeing up what otherwise would be several hundred to several thousand square metres of precious ecology permanently locked out (gardens and farmland included, including organic/ permaculture ones)
- consumes no mains services = less damage to the ecology
- far less water = less damage to the ecology
- there is less space for possessions, thus less expenditure = less damage to the ecology
- far less energy is required to heat/ cool = less damage to the ecology
- costs a lot less to maintain = less damage to the ecology
- requires less money to live this way (2 people for example, £5000 a year) = less damage to the ecology
- less waste = less damage to the ecology
- less stress and lot more freedom
- you can travel to and live in places you couldn’t conventionally
- adventure broadens the mind and meeting people makes you more open and tolerant