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Living Lightly

Monday, 6 April 2009

We are looking for families to take part in 'Living Lightly,' a new television series for RTÉ. In the current economic times with salaries falling, jobs at risk and banks no longer willing to lend money, many families who have learned to worship at the altars of our shopping centers are having to dramatically alter their consumer ways!

Ella McSweeney
. Studied zoology in Trinity, where she developed a particular interest in wildlife biology.
. She specialized in presenting and producing a variety of wildlife, science, agricultural and environmental series for both RTE and BBC. These include RTE's Future Tense, Nature's Web, The Green Light, Farm Week, the Big Science Debate and documentaries for RTE's Documentary on One slot, for which she won the Young Science Journalist of the Year award.
. For three years Ella travelled around rural Ireland recording her popular wildlife and walking series Shanks Mare and in 2006, she explored Ireland's oceans with her series Into the Deep.
. Ella was nominated for a PPI Award in 2006 for her science series Mind Matters, and won the award in 2007 for a programme she made on Huntington's disease.
. She is a presenter on RTE 1's popular farming series, Ear to the Ground.
. Currently living in Dublin, Ella spends her spare time gardening, tending to her lovely hens and hiking up mountains!

Living Lightly is a six part televsion series about the tough times we are living in.
It's about embracing thrift and trying to live a better life on less. much
The good times are over and now it is time for 'The Good Life'

Being thrify makes you feel good about yourself and that is something you can't buy!.

We are looking for families whose income has been reduced and who need to cut spending immediately.

With the help of experts our families will learn how to spend less, how to waste less and to have a good time doing it.

The series will look at what we need vs what we want and for those things that we need we will give all sorts of practical tips and advice on how to get second hand, barter, borrow, make your own or even grow your own.

Have you heard of swishing; couch surfing, the Barter Exchange?
Are you willing to dig up your lawn and plant vegetables?
Do you want to save money and have more time with your family?

Living Lightly is about three families being creative in getting the things they need in their day to day lives and learning more about the community they living in and the resources that are available.


What is Living Lightly?
. Living lightly means living well on less: Less money, less stress, and less waste.
. Saving money by cutting unnecessary spending
. Difference between WANT and NEED
. Finding a way to get the things we need; second hand, recycled, make your own grow your own, barter, borrow.
. It can be a very enjoyable way to live, as you really have to become more creative and engage with others more, and there is a real sense of satisfaction in doing more with less.
Being thrifty can be cool!

HOW TO LIVE LIGHTLY?
Look at spending
Cut all unnecessary
Look around at ways of getting the things we need without spending as much money or no money.
Take the emphasis off money
But really enjoying a good quality of life

FOOD:
Food is a big concern for all of us, what we buy, what we eat and how it is produced. Most of us are spending way more than we need to eat really good nutritious meals. We want to work with the family on planning a week's meals then writing a list (sounds simple) and then going shopping. We will then show the family how to make simple nutritious meals quickly and within budget by:
1. Buying direct from a farmer
2. Growing your own seeds and a bag of compost = 5 euro
3. Shopping around for bargains

SWISHING?
A posh and quite organized way of having a 'clothes swop.'
Need to update your wardrobe, can't afford to buy new so swop with friends; have a great evening and for the price of a bottle of wine go home with a new wardrobe! Ella says, "I recently had a swishing/swop evening and it was a great success."

BARTERING?
Traditional - we all bartered. That is what a community was based on, but it is something we now need to get back to; pooling skills and resources, most of us have a lot more time on our hands but we still need things done, so if you are an accountant and you need a bathroom tiled can you arrange to do a tax return. Results in a better relationship, more trust on both parts and a better result

COUCH SURFING?
www.couchsurfing.com
A global network of people who are prepared to give you a couch to sleep on for free, its all very well organized and a safe way to travel cheaply. You register on a website and once people have stayed with you they will report back on the website if it was a good experience. It's a cheap way to travel but more importantly to meet new people, and widen your own circle nationally and internationally.

SAVING MONEY - MORE TIME WITH FAMILY?
It amazes me how much time we all spend shopping or in shopping centers. We have found that if you are living lightly you have no reason to be shopping other than for the necessities and so you have to think about what to do together as a family, each member of the family is given a challenge to come out with an outing that doesn't cost money!

- volunteering
- museums
- walks
- foraging
- homemade facials and manicures
- gardening
- preparing and eating a meal together.

If you're interested in participating in this series:
Contact GMarshTV Living Lightly 096 300 11 or email
info@gmtv.ie or livinglightly@gmtv.ie

Living Lightly is a six-part television series about the tough times we are in as well as embracing thrift and trying to live a better life on much less. The programme will look at practical tips and advice on how to get goods second-hand, barter, borrow, make your own or even grow your own. Have you heard of swishing; couch surfing, the barter exchange? Are you willing to dig up your lawn and plant vegetables? Do you want to save money and have more time with your family? GM Productions are looking for families whose income has been reduced and who need to cut spending immediately. To find out more about Living Lightly call 096 30011 /mob: 086 831 5006 or e-mail livinglightly@gmtv.ie

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