THE KASHDAN-BROWN FAMILY BLOG
OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE
THERE'S AN ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS AND WE'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT
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 help inspire others to set their own goals.
Plant the remaining 49 trees of our 360 tree target, and find some more land for more trees.
Allow ourselves 1 return flight per year (if necessary), and carbon offset that flight if we take it.
Eat less meat and start tracking when we've eaten meat on the calendar (with a goal of no more than 3 meals a week containing meat). Subscribe to an organic veg box.
Keep better track of how many new items of clothing we have bought. If new clothes are necessary, shop sustainably, otherwise buy secondhand or repair and restyle old clothes.
Share what we've learnt from our reading, research, and practice, with each other and the rest of the world via this blog - posting more regularly!
These goals are our own, and we recognise that they won't be universally applicable or useful. We know that 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 and experiment with what we find; making that information more accessible to others who don't have the time or resources. If it inspires even one person, it will have been worth it.