Survival Skills for the 21st Century
"In the history of humanity there have been many great moral causes, that have asked us to choose what is right, and what is wrong. The right choice, is to safe guard the future for the next generation, and the future generations to come. Yes, we will change." - Al Gore
Enough of us are directly effected by what's happening to our health and environment that we necessitate change. We must realize that we are the ones who must act and embody that change. We must realize that we truly are the change we want to see.
Today we thrive. Today, I share with you a few ideas that we can implement or simply bring awareness to, in steps toward a greener future. This may even be part one because the list actually goes on and on.. But for now, here are a few ideas I wanted to share with you all that I have been thinking about and slowly changing in my day to day. Today is now and now is always - everything is everything. Here's to the process!!
Less Meat and Dairy Consumption
"Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill.." -Cowspiracy (documentary, 2014)
** More details on meat industry and environment here **
The goal is to reduce and reuse - then think recycle
I'm sure we've all heard of the three "R"s back in grade school - Reduce, reuse, and recycle. I truly appreciate our recent focus and collective efforts to recycle, but we can't forget the about the other two R's as well - they should actually come first in the process when thinking to reach toward sustainability. Although some of our cities and communities are bringing more awareness on trash separation and recycling, we still have a long ways to go. We might think taking a plastic cup to-go for our ice teas is fine, or that it's okay to keep using endless amounts of paper because these things are recycle (sometimes even 100% recyclable). However, the process of recycling - emissions of the trucks picking up the recyclables, and the recycling process within the factories - is energy and carbon intensive. Yes, when comparing to simply throwing something in the garbage, recycling is the better choice. But extending on to be as conservative as possible, to use less, is the ultimate.
Some things you can do to make a difference:
Bring a travel mug or reusable cup with you when you go for your coffee/tea, or
If you're staying at the coffee shop to drink your cup, ask for a 'for-here' mug instead of using a one-time cup
No more plastic water bottles! I take my Hydroflask everywhere with me - and it always saves me. Most places refill water for free too
Bring Tupperware when dining out in case you don't finish your meal. Avoid the one time doggy bag!!
Say no to straws!!!
Hold awareness - less is more :)
Adapt: Live and embrace your climate
As the seasons change, we often welcome the summer with air conditioners and fans to keep us cool and heaters to keep us comfty through the winter. "Heating and cooling account for more than half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes" (1). And for most homes, this comes from a nonrenewable source of energy which add to the devastating reality of global warming. When we're challenged by the cold or hot, it's easy to brush these worries and the consequences aside; but let's try to be mindful about it and try to decrease the use of in-home climate control. We can rely on it when we're in extreme temperatures, but as best as we can let's try to layer up in the cold, encourage the sweat in the heat. Embrace the seasons and be more in-tune with nature's flow - embrace the climate we chose to inhabit.
Less driving, more walking & biking
My sister recently bought a bike and it has been the best thing for us! (I have yet to get my own.) I realized how much I am saving and what a great exercise and therapeutic time it is to bike. In our American culture, driving is the norm because everything is so big, so much further apart. In Europe and Asia it's actually more normal to walk and bike than to drive. And I realize that the use of a car is pretty much necessary here - and to an extent, that is true.. but we decide this to be true for any distance. For example, I work just two miles away from home but I would drive all the time. And my higher self knows I could easily bike there, but the lazy me let's it keep happening. And I know I am not the only one; some people will drive across the street to get to the market rather than walk because it's just efficient. However, this is absurd to others outside of our culture. I mean to anyone, if you really think about it. If you don't have the means, look into public transport, or Craigslist for cheaper deals on bikes, etc. Try out the alternative - let us thrive, one step at a time.
This was kind of a load, thank you for reading! There's way more where that came from, and I will be adding on to this in later weeks. Feel free to leave a comment with your ideas or thoughts on any of this :)
I hope that we can inspire and encourage each other to take steps toward a greener future. For you, for us, for Mother Earth <3
ONE LOVE~ xx