Our House Is On Fire is a climate action blog by the Kashdan-Brown family. For us, this blog is about manifesting our desire to help mitigate climate change by committing to our own family goals and documenting our struggles and triumphs in meeting them.
We want to use this blog as a platform to share the research we've been doing and the expertise we have, and for others to share their own research and expertise with us. Through this blog, we want to learn, inspire others, and open-up important conversations.
We are not looking to preach, criticise, or brag, we just want to share our experiences. It has felt hard for us to know where to start when not all of our careers are obviously linked to the environment, but we want to use the skills we do have to do something meaningful.
For a long time now our family has been worried about the environment. We've done a lot to make sure we are living in an environmentally conscious way, but it's become clear to us that the worsening climate crisis calls for even greater action.
With this in mind, together we've devised a family action plan with realistic goals for us, which we hope to help each other achieve over the course of next year, and beyond. We're sharing these goals here because by writing them down and publishing them online we make ourselves commit to them, and we hope that they might go some way to inspiring others to set their own goals.
Plant 360 trees by 2021.
Allow ourselves only 1 return flight per year (if necessary), and carbon offset that flight if we take it.
Eat less meat - starting with eating meat and/or seafood for no more than 4 meals a week (including breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Allow ourselves no more than 1 new clothing purchase each month, excluding second-hand shopping, thrifting, or making our own.
Share what we've learnt from our research and reading with each other and the rest of the world via this blog.
We'd like to add that we know being able to make these lifestyle changes and write about them is inherently a position of privilege. We want to use our free time - which is very much part of that privilege - to do research, read, and share what we find; making that information more accessible to others who don't have the time and resources. These goals are our own, and we recognise that they won't be universally applicable or useful. There is no one way of doing things, but this is the way we have chosen for now.