Tiny Houses: How to Slow Climate Change with Four Walls
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A video essay on the environmental impact of living in a Tiny House.

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I take a brief look at how tiny house living can lead to a more ethical relationship with the environment, and might possibly lead to a mitigation of climate change.


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[Music]


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let’s talk tiny specifically I want to


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look at how the tiny house can foster a


00:08


strong environmental ethic that leads to


00:10


real change not only is the tiny house a


00:13


viable housing option for some but it


00:16


also challenges many to reconsider how


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they value physical goods personal


00:20


relationships and the environment all


00:22


while providing a greater amount of


00:24


economic freedom now before we go any


00:27


further there are some drawbacks to the


00:29


tiny house which you can find in greater


00:31


detail in a long-form paper I’ve written


00:33


about the movement linked below


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but this essay tries to focus on how the


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tiny house and the tenants behind the


00:40


movement challenge rampant consumption


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norms of American culture in doing so


00:45


living tiny could lead us on a path


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towards mitigating our Native impact on


00:50


the natural world more often than not


00:53


the keeping up with the Joneses


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mentality pervades the minds of


00:56


Americans and living in a large space


00:59


merely encourages homeowners to buy


01:01


material goods that they probably don’t


01:03


need the key to the tiny house is that


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it constricts consumption and waste


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which encourages its owners to lead a


01:10


minimalist lifestyle listening to tiny


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house owners speak on their consumption


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habits it’s clear that minimal


01:15


consumption becomes a necessity in order


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to live tiny it changes so much it’s


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like you start out and you you know you


01:22


buy things and then you think about the


01:24


idea of building a tiny house and then


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you have to start limiting things for a


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more practical reason than anything else


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you know thinking well do I really can I


01:31


fit this in the house I love that it’s


01:34


small because then it keeps me in check


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with everything you know it’s like I


01:37


just can’t I used to have no reason to


01:39


not buy things but it was like I never


01:40


had a real reason not to buy the clothes


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and now that I live here I have reasons


01:44


to not do things it’s funny I’ll go


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around and walk into a store I’ll shop


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for like six months before I buy


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anything because it’s like nothing has


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anything that I really want or need


01:53


essentially the tiny house provides a


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much needed reason to stop the


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unconscious collection of material goods


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by physically minimizing their spaces


02:02


tiny house owners re-engage with how


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much they really need and less


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consumption means a smaller


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environmental footprint because


02:10


manufacturing shipping and displaying


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products work


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wires a large amount of resources


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instead of focusing on the physical tiny


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homeowners tend to adopt a lifestyle


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built around common experiences and a


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recognition of what is important to them


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with this outlook those who move into a


02:27


tiny house are not necessarily


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downsizing but right sizing their lives


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by cutting down on their burdens


02:34


another more abstract effect the tiny


02:37


house brings to their owners is its


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ability to nudge people towards the


02:41


outdoors in the big tiny Dee Williams


02:43


writes about this intimacy with nature


02:46


found

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