Some people live in a luxious house, yet still feeling alone and not happy;
While standing in a kitchen with various kinds of seasoning and delicate utensils and dishes, some people can’t enjoy the pleasure of cooking;
Although wearing gorgeous and fancy clothes and accessories, there isn't much joy or beauty in your eyes and your body.
When surrouned by toys of all kinds, and the electronic products, children are losing their innocence and spirituality gradually.
Inevitably we feel confused,feeble and lost. Things will change and turning points will emerge when they have lost balance. Thus we stop, step out and want to see how other people live. Therefore it is likely you meet a community or an organization where people listen deep, exchange thoughts and inspire each other.
人民日报的文章<物质幸福时代已经结束，新时代来临>中，第一句话就是“Less is more”, 并且提到了北欧国家的富裕阶层主动选择过着简朴的生活，却精神富足。这是世界上很多人群已经身体力行的一个理念：极简主义。
In the article from People’s Daily, named <With the ending of getting happiness by materials, comes a new era>, the first sentence is “Less is more”, and it mentions the rich class people in Northern Europe living in simplicity but enjoying abundance in spirituality. This is called “minimalism” ,a philosophy which many people have been living out.
Excessive exploration of resources, combined with sweeping of the global consumerism has burdened the Earth and put it at risk. The practising of minimalism is a new awakening.
Here minimalism doesn't mean we live a life of an ascetic monk, it's all about feeling enough about the needs. We reduce our expanded desires about materials, appreciate the value of second hand stuff, understand the essense of sharing; As an extension of minimalism, we say no to some unnecessary social occasions and information. At the same time, we minimize our interference to the environment, and others as well. All this is valued as respect.
Therefore，we hope whereever we go, the environment is cleaner when we leave. We hold a belief that true winners never hurt the small and weak. We cherish every heart we meet and every trust we receive.
When we overcome our overdependency on materials, clean up our inner space, more time and energy is saved to care about the world, the environment, the surrounding, the people and our own hearts, which means we are stepping on the way to spiritual freedom and joy.
We will be eventually aware of this: Your happiness doesn't involve with how much you own.
A house is not the birthplace of happiness, but the flowing of love and warmth in a home is.
Delicacies are not the point, the reassurance of not wasting a rice and having someone to share the food are more important.
Beauty is not fallen on just what you wear or how you appear, but also your visions, your experiences, and your characters.
With the purest and creative nature, children are born original minimalists, having the basic survival needs for materials like food and clothing. Like any cubs, children build up their unlearned and close connections with nature. Adults, as role models, demonstrating them our care for the nature and the environment, our love for people around us, our yearning for spiritual world, are actually nuturing a better and further world.
That is the world that Green Foot have been looking forward to.
For the past year, Green Foot has connected and influenced people with environment awareness through activities such as: outdoor activites Hiking & Trash Cleanups, Camping; indoor activities Documentary Film & Social Nights, Second Hand Goods Exchanges, Public Speaking Events; propoganda activities flashmob and interview with street cleaners; our environment friendly and creative One Year Anniversary; and our activities for juniors like Turn Waste into Art workshop and our Dameisha and Lianhua Mountain Cleanups. We have been accumulating more and more people to do what we can do for a cleaner world, and advocating physically and mentally balanced and healthy way of living.
From 2018 on, we are moving on with growing enthusiasm and confidence, and optimizing Green Foot by providing well-organized activities for adults: Nature cleanup; Old stuff Reborn; Eco camp; Public speaking; and regular activities for junors: Nature cleanup and Turn waste into art. What's more, we have established our Dongguan Branch and Guangzhou Branch. We are convinced that Green Foot will bloom in more cities.
This year, Green Foot will also reach out to areas including music, fashion, art and sports etc.
All these activities are featured with “environment related”, “international”，“social”," experiential", and “inspiring”.
We firmly believe that our community will be stronger. There will be no fences between nations when thinking about the simple fact that we are all children of mother Earth.
We cant get pleasure and satisfaction purely from materials, but more from connection with each other, doing things for others, realization of our own value. Based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of need theory, more and more people are headed to the top need level-self actualization.
In such a new and changing era, we are eager to explore the big world, but also pay attention on the small and tiny.
Here, we care, we act!
【绿脚丫简介 Green Foot Brief Introduction】
Green Foot is an International Environment Care Community that connect and influence people with environment awareness through activities such as: Hiking & Trash Cleanups, Eco Camp, Second Hand Sharing, Public Speaking Events, Waste DIY. We have created an incentive system to encourage people to take actions to protect the environment by rewarding them with green points. Let’s work together towards our common goal!
【绿脚丫精神 Green Foot Spirit】
活出绿脚丫精神 - 去时比来时更干净；不让一个人落单；带上笑容，敞开心扉。
Living the Green Foot spirit - Its cleaner when you leave, Nobody stands alone! Bring your smile and open heart