slow life

Picture your typical weekday: from the moment your alarm goes off, blaring annoyingly, until the last time you check your emails before lights out, it's full speed ahead. Most of us rush through the week, struggling to fit as much into our 24 hours as we possibly can, fast (sometimes healthy) food...
The Slow Life Symposium - founded by the Indian-British entrepreneur Sonu Shivdasani and his wife Eva and Chaired by Sir Jonathon Porritt - is not like any other conference that I have ever been to.
Teaching the local Maldivian children about protecting the ocean seemed the most effective first step in encouraging a new generation of environmental stewards. We recognise that we do not protect what we don't care about, and we do not care about things we do not know.
I've been an advocate of banning plastic bottles for a long time. In October 2008, we banned imported bottled water at the Soneva resorts and took the decision to bottle our own drinking water in reusable glass bottles.
We had a whole series of wonderful mini-presentations from participants - and there were only two rules: no Powerpoint, and take it for granted that everyone else already knows just how dire the situation is out there. Instead of first wandering around forlornly in the bad stuff, cut straight to the good stuff - and stick with it!
Time is not a disposable commodity at all - the more of it the better. In my quest to save a bob or two and make the moment last, I've turned to those in the know. I've turned to the slow lifers.