Bala Sivaraman and Sim Bilal are two environmentally-conscious Americans who are demonstrating that it is possible to reduce carbon footprints and align actions with values in a country where such lifestyle choices are rare. These young men work as environmental activists and have carbon footprints of three to four tons per year, well below the average American’s annual footprint of around 15 tons. By driving electric cars, using public transit, buying used items, and practicing sustainable living practices such as composting, they are making a significant impact in reducing their carbon emissions. Their choices not only benefit the environment but also foster a sense of community and purpose. Contrary to the belief that living sustainably leads to a miserable life, Sivaraman and Bilal argue that it actually brings a sense of hope and empowerment.