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Leading the Minimalist Movement: Nomadic Lifestyle

by Tsengelmaa Nyamdorj | 13-10-2019 06:23 recommendations 0 recommendations

When we talk about the minimalist lifestyle, people often think of western activists initiating the 'Zero Waste Challenge'. However, in the far north of Asia, Mongolia has been a beacon of minimalist lifestyle-- going back to 8,000 BCE. Due to constant travels, nomads pay close attention to their belongings and usually limit their desire for unnecessary possessions. In short, the average waste of a nomad and a settler would amuse you as nomads never buy groceries with a plastic bag nor expensive brand clothes. Despite their admirable lifestyle, gypsies in Mongolia faced some difficulties until the early 2000s.

 Travelling on horseback to get medical help or to charge a phone was one of the common daily chores in Mongolian nomadic families. To provide basic rights of education, health, and enfranchisement, the government of Mongolia announced the “National 100,000 Ger Electrification Program”, an initiative to provide nomads with portable solar home systems. With the help of the World Bank, Mongolia successfully introduced solar panels to 70% of an estimated 1,000,000 nomads. Thanks to this project, nomads are finally enjoying a safe, energy-efficient and more productive life; they currently use a refrigerator for food storage, watch television for a daily news source, and stay-in-touch with their relatives in nearby village's board schools through phones. 

Whether a metropolitan or a nomadic, every lifestyle is sustained by the environment: empowered by the Sun. 

I also included the World Bank Report in case of further interest. (http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/718091468323710464/pdf/726830REVISED00olar0Paper0v2-3FINAL.pdf), 

Traditional yurt: GerTraditional way of moving


  • Mongolia Former E-gen Ambassador Tsengelmaa Nyamdorj


Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hi Tsengelmaa

    I can't imagine how annoying it is to go out just for charging the phone.
    It might also be a very time consuming process, although I understand the cultural background of the Mongolian people.

    It's really good that renewable energy has become friend of the Mongolian people.
    I'm sure it will be a huge help to them.

    Thank you for the great report!
    Posted 21-10-2019 10:40

Okoth Okoth

  • Okoth Okoth says :
    Good report for the month

    Posted 20-10-2019 03:50


  • Yves SHEMA says :
    hello, green cheers from Rwanda.

    a wonderful report keep it up
    Posted 16-10-2019 23:28

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hello Tsengelmaa,
    it's Lisa your mentor!

    Thanks for letting us know about the Nomadic lifestyle.
    I bet not many of us have experienced it before:)
    Also, it's really interesting how the Nomadic lifestyle changed recently with the development of renewable energy!
    Never imagined that the people with the Nomadic lifestyle were also the benefactors of the solar panel!
    Indeed as you have said, no matter which lifestyle you pursue, the environment always is the key supporter, and that's probably why we all have to care for our earth.
    I also would like to appreciate how you have put the link for people to check out more information on it!

    Thank you for the great article and keep up the nice work:)
    Posted 16-10-2019 14:04

Madhu Aryal

  • Madhu Aryal says :
    Hello Tsengelmaa,
    Thank you so much for posting about nomadic lifestyle.
    Keep writing
    Madhu Aryal
    Posted 14-10-2019 19:24

sagar koirala

  • sagar koirala says :
    Hello Tsengelmaa,
    Green Cheers !

    I had heard about nomadic life of Mongols ,but I didnt knew minimalistic way mongols were following . Keep Writing such awesome reports.

    With Regards,
    Sagar Koirala
    Posted 14-10-2019 15:37

Meena Pandey

  • Meena Pandey says :
    Hello Tsengelmaa,
    I hope you are fine and doing great.

    Thank you for wonderful writing.
    Great to know about nomadic lifestyle.

    Keep writing and shining.
    Hope to know more from you.

    Posted 14-10-2019 00:40

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Tsengelmaa

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Leading the Minimalist Movement: Nomadic Lifestyle

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 13-10-2019 18:56

Preeti Karki

  • Preeti Karki says :
    Hello Tsengelmaa,
    Thank you so very much for this report.
    Good wishes
    Posted 13-10-2019 16:26

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Hello Tsengelmaa
    I hope you are well.

    Nomadic lifestyle, it's completely new to learn about it.

    Thank you so much for this report.
    Green cheers!

    Asmita Gaire

    Posted 13-10-2019 11:19

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