So What is Climate Change?

By now, most of us have read and heard that 2014 was the warmest year on record and it seems now, that climate change has become one of the most talked about topics of the new year.

But, what exactly is climate change? And how many people out there truly understand the concept of climate change and it’s ability to change out planet? While browsing my Facebook recently, one of my fellow eco-fighters shared this fantastic link featuring my favorite childhood scientist, Bill Nye the Science Guy. I feel that this video accurately (and simply!), explains climate change to a general audience, and that it could help others to understand the importance and need for awareness of climate change. Share with friends and family, and spread the word about climate change and its effects on our planet!

http://climaterealityproject.org/climate-101

 

The Tiny House Movement

In recent years, a new movement has swept across the U.S. in a large, but tiny way. Focus on living sustainably has slowly moved from a focus on topics limited to recycling and renewable energy sources (although still important!), to a larger focus on how much space and resources the individual human uses over the course of their life. In other words, people are becoming more concerned with their total eco-footprint and not just the small facets of it.

In light of this new found realization, American’s have begun to downsize their eco-footprints, not just in how much energy they use or how many plastic bottles they spare, but in the size of their homes as well.

So, what exactly are tiny houses and the benefits of owning one?

Tiny houses typically range from 100 square feet to 600 square feet and reside on some sort of mobile platform, usually a trailer that can be hauled by a truck. They do not however, have a laundry list of typical features that number much more than that. Tiny houses are completely customizable in regards to their amenities and interior designs. Most feature some sort of compostable-plumbing system, solar panels, and a loft bedroom.

These tiny homes do not just provide their owners with creative freedom, but they also allow homeowners to indulge in an environmentally friends way of living that provides them with such things as financial independence. The typical tiny home is much cheaper to build and own than the average American home. So much cheaper in fact,that most require no mortgage in order to pay them off. This financial independence allows owners to experience much more monetary freedom, which results in personal decisions to limit how much they work and how they spend the extra money that isn’t being put towards monthly energy, heating and utility bills. The mere SIZE of tiny houses also provides a certain element of physical freedom. Most tiny house owners chose to build their homes on large mobile trailers, which helps them to avoid housing taxes but, also allows them to move easily and freely to where ever their hearts desire.

The “Tiny House Movement” has gained much momentum thanks to companies such as The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, who not only promote awareness for the environmental benefits of a tiny house, but also make building and owning a tiny house extremely easy by providing pre-made plans, building instructions, and guidance from experienced builders.

Tiny houses may very well be the houses of the future, but only if humans as a population begin to realize how much “living space” is actually necessary for living a healthy, fulfilling and sustainable life.

For more info on what it is like living in a tiny home, visit these helpful and informational blogs and websites!

http://tinyhouseblog.com/

http://thetinylife.com/what-is-the-tiny-house-movement/

(http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/pages/houses)