The world’s paradigm of consciousness is shifting. That might sound like a pseudo-spiritual mouthful but it simply means we are progressing towards becoming more self-reflective, more accountable and more conscious beings. Concepts of wellness no longer focus on the individual, our health-conscious processes are slowly becoming more and more about the collective. We are beginning to acknowledge the responsibility that we have to heal, protect and elevate ourselves, our families, our communities, and most importantly, our planet. Here are some of the real-life, proactive ways that you can contribute to saving the planet.
Humans have the capacity to find marvelous ways to waste when a resource is seemingly endless. Water is not something to be squandered, it is of grave necessity that we treat this life-giving resource with more reverence. Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth. Be sure to fix leaks with urgency. Opt for filtered tap water instead of bottled water. Be conscious of your consumption when you wash your dishes. These simple, innocuous changes could save gallons upon gallons of water.
The US Environmental Protection Agency claims that a typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. Greenhouse Gas Emissions, like the carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide emitted from your car, trap heat and result in the warming of our planet. In 2016, transportation made up for 28.5% of the world’s global Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Leave your car at home and whenever you can, even if it’s a rarity, go by foot or by bicycle. It’s better for your body, revitalizing for your mind and will reduce your carbon footprint.
Capitalism has successfully trained us to become undiscerning and ravenous consumers. We are consistently in want of some thing, some car, dress, cell phone, home or purchasable experience. Convenience and the increasing need for instant gratification have helped us to become so far removed from the direct consequences of our consumption. Use a reusable shopping bag. Buy yourself a coffee thermos for your daily cappuccino. Use glass over plastic. Do away with plastic straws. Say no to unneeded packaging. Make an effort to be mindful of what passes through your hands. Your waste might seem to miraculously remove itself from your immediate surroundings, but your bits and pieces, coffee cups, brown boxes, shopping bags, cigarette butts – they remain and ultimately contribute to some landfill.
Food is yet another domain where our rampant need to consume has tainted what should be a nourishing, conscious, self-compassionate experience. Meat and dairy industries have become utterly inhumane and heedless machines of mechanical production, feeding our bottomless needs for milk, poultry, beef and eggs. We have become disconnected from the source, food is supposed to nourish us, it is supposed to fuel us with the calories needed to thrive and survive, it is supposed to forge a meaningful link between our gut and the earth. Shop local, shop seasonally. Visit a farmer’s market instead of the corner convenience shop. Go meat-free once or twice a week. Experiment with some delicious milk alternatives, even just occasionally. Cook with your loved ones. Be aware of what you’re putting into your body. Elevate each meal with gratitude, with love and with an appreciative awareness.