June Month 6 of 12: What is the value of water?

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It might not feel like summer is here for those of us in southern VT but it is. With the heat soon to arrive let's think about water conservation.

A few suggestions of ways to save. A little conservation can have a big impact.

For those of you seeing this for the first time, a quick catch up... we’re looking to our community of friends and yogis to consider adopting new environmentally friendly changes each month for the next 12 months. Keep the suggestions and efforts coming and we'll add them to our list.

Join our force of concerned yogis that can change our minds and therefore, anything.


THIS MONTH TRY THE FOLLOWING

IN THE BATH

  • Shower Less, Swim More. Enjoy the rivers and lakes to rinse off. A daily shower is not always necessary and some would say too frequent. We need the good bacteria to stick around and fight the important fight.

  • When you do shower...

  • consider a shower bucket. Don't let the water pour down the drain, stick a bucket under the faucet while you wait for your shower to heat up. Use the water for flushing the toilet during power outages, watering your plants, washing your dog or car.

  • in the warmer weather, turn on the water to get wet, lather with the water off, turn the water back on to rinse.

  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, washing your face, or washing your hands. Water comes out of the average faucet at 2.5 gallons per minute. Leave it off until it’s time to rinse.

  • If it’s yellow, let it mellow. The toilet is one of the most water-intensive fixtures in the house. Do you need to flush every time?

  • Older toilets use a lot of water. You can reduce your usage by sinking a half gallon jug of water in the toilet tank.

  • Consider a low-flow faucet or shower head, especially the next time you replace a bathroom fixture.

IN THE KITCHEN

  • Re-use your pasta cooking liquid. Instead of dumping that water down the drain, drain your pasta water into a large pot. Once cool, use it to water your plants.

  • Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine until it’s full. Those half-loads add up to gallons and gallons of wasted water.

  • Hand-washing a lot of dishes? Fill up your sink or a bucket with water, instead of letting it run the whole time that you’re scrubbing.


IN THE YARD

  • Shrink your lawn. Even better: lose the lawn completely. Give back to the birds and the bees.

  • If you do have a lawn, plant drought resistant grass next time it needs seeding. This way you will use less water to keep it healthy.

  • Install a rain barrelRainwater harvesting is a great way to keep your plants hydrated without turning on the hose or sprinkler. Also, a good place to dump that pasta water.

  • If you don't want to install a barrel, simply place a few watering cans or buckets in strategic locations to catch run-off from rain or condensation coming off your metal roof.

  • Water outdoor plants in the early morning. You’ll need less water, since cooler morning temperatures mean losing less water to evaporation. Later in evening is also a good time, as water will not evaporate in midday sun.

EVENTS

Youth Demand Action on Climate Change!
at 118 Elliot St in Brattleboro
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

https://118elliot.com/calendar/world-environment-day-youth-action-climate-change/

On June 5, United Nations World Environment Day, come to 118 Elliot and hear student activists from our region, ages 13 to 20, who will share their stories.------


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May Month 5 of 12: MAYke a difference this month by MAYking your own

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This Saturday is Vermont's Green Up Day where Vermonters take to the roads and highways to clean up the litter that lingers after the snow melts. A tradition since 1970 it's a good reminder of the waste that gets created when making purchases with packaging.

Recycling is no longer the answer and we need to go to the source of our rubbish which means being more mindful of what we buy and how it's packaged.

For those of you seeing this for the first time, a quick catch up... we’re looking to our community of friends and yogis to consider adopting new environmentally friendly changes each month for the next 12 months. Keep the suggestions and efforts coming and we'll add them to our list.

Join our force of concerned yogis that can change our minds and therefore, anything.


THIS MONTH TRY THE FOLLOWING:

  • Green up day can be every day. When you take a walk in your area, bring a baggie along and fill it up.

  • BUY in BULK: oils, peanut butter, spices, nuts, granola, pastas, flour, sugar, grains the list goes on and on. All of these can be bought in bulk.

  • Bring your own containers to refill. You can reuse the containers in the bulk section, the deli/prepared foods counter and in produce.

  • Let your produce be free range. No need for individual produce bags. Aside from little items like green beans or mushrooms, which you can bring your own bags for, the rest of your produce can co-mingle in your grocery bags.

  • MAYke your own this month. MAYbe just try MAYking one thing on the list below with the easy to follow directions. Or join Holly this month for a MAYke your own workshop.

TICK REPELLENT - Ticks on the rise, prevention is the best way to combat these buggers.
100 or so drops of any of these essential oils: citronella, clove, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, eucalyptus, cedar, catnip, geranium, lavender, mint.
1 TBSP vodka or rubbing alcohol
½ cup natural witch hazel
½ cup water (or vinegar)
1 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional)

  1. Place essential oils in a glass spray bottle. Add vodka or alcohol shake well to combine.

  2. Pour in witch hazel and shake to combine.

  3. Add ½ tsp vegetable glycerin if using. This is not necessary but helps everything stay combined.

  4. Add water and shake again. Shake before each use as the oils and water will naturally separate some over time.

SHAMPOO - An alternative to the No POO method which doesn't work for all hair types. Try this...1/4 cup coconut milk (homemade or canned)
1/4 cup Liquid castile Soap like Dr. Bronners
20 drops of Essential Oils of choice (peppermint, lavender, rosemary and orange or a combination)
For dry hair: add ½ tsp olive or almond oil (optional)

  1. Combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar of some kind.

  2. Shake well to mix.

  3. Keep in shower for up to a month.

  4. Shake before each use.

  5. Use about a teaspoon

  6. If you use a foaming dispenser, it also makes a great shaving cream- just dilute with 1/4 cup distilled water!

DEODORANT - Tried and tested by one of our 12x12ers. She loves this deodorant, best she's ever used.
6 T coconut oil
1/4 cup (4TBSP) baking soda
1/4 cup (4TBSP) arrowroot or organic cornstarch
essential oils (optional)

  1. Mix baking soda and arrowroot together in a medium sized bowl.

  2. Mash in coconut oil with a fork until well mixed.

  3. Add oils if desired.

  4. Store in small glass jar or old deodorant container for easy use.


LOOKING FOR A FEW MORE RECIPES? GO TO WELLNESS MAMA FOR MORE.

EVENTS:

Youth Demand Action on Climate Change!
at 118 Elliot St in Brattleboro
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

https://118elliot.com/calendar/world-environment-day-youth-action-climate-change/

On June 5, United Nations World Environment Day, come to 118 Elliot and hear student activists from our region, ages 13 to 20, who will share their stories.------


A Global Need, a Village Effort, an Individual Responsibility


April Month 4 of 12: How WILL your garden grow?

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Earth Day this month and the longing for sunny days and bare feet so let's talk about what's in store for the garden.

Gardeners and non-gardeners let's make plans for all the things we can grow ourselves collaborate with neighbors and the NVY community to expand beyond our own gardens.

For those of you seeing this for the first time, a quick catch up... we’re looking to our community of friends and yogis to consider adopting new environmentally friendly changes each month for the next 12 months. Keep the suggestions and efforts coming and we'll add them to our list.


THIS MONTH TRY THE FOLLOWING

  • Start your garden NOW, indoors, preferably in a window so you don't need a grow light.

  • Reuse potters from last year or ask around if folks have some. You can also give these back at the end of the season to most farm stores. Walkers and Duttons always take them back.

  • Don't end up with more zucchini then you can eat, swap it with a friend. Team up with friends or neighbors, plant strategically so you can share the harvest. If you still end up with extra, consider donating it to the local food bank.

  • Plan your companion plantings. Plant things together that benefit each other. This kind of planning can help keep pests away as well as encourage beneficial bugs like bees. It can also provide nutrients for the soil. For example, planting nasturtium with your potatoes helps keep the potato bugs away. Find out more here https://www.farmersalmanac.com/companion-planting-guide-31301

  • Install a rain catcher to water your garden. https://www.treepeople.org/installarainbarrel https://morningchores.com/rainwater-harvesting/

EVENTS

Replanting Our Rainforests Pamela Malhotra of Sai Sanctuary, India
Saturday April 20 12:00-1:00
Moore Free Library
Donations accepted for SAI Sanctuary ($10-$20)

Co-hosting with the Moore Free Library, join Newfane Village Yoga and the 12x12 Environmental Team as we welcome Pamela Gale-Malhotra co-founder of the Sai Sanctuary, India’s first private forest and wildlife sanctuary.

Pam and her husband, Anil, have transformed abandoned farmlands into one of the most biodiversity-rich forests in India. Pam will share how the Sai Sanctuary came to be, the scientific need for keeping our forests and wildlife healthy and balanced along with the spiritual (or human) connection to nature.

Come hear how the forests and wildlife are critical to the healthy, peaceful, and spiritual future of humankind, and how walking the path of life with Mother Nature as our guide and teacher will ensure we live in harmony and balance with each other and our environment.

A donation to the SAI Sanctuary will be greatly appreciated. Suggested $10-$20.

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Architecture + Design Film Series: Leaning into the Wind
Wednesday, April 10 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
118 Elliot St, Brattleboro, VT

The Architecture + Design Film Series continues with LEANING INTO THE WIND Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer 2017, Germany, 97 Minutes PREVIEW ON YOUTUBE Leaning into the Wind is a vibrant journey through the diverse layers of Andy Goldsworthy’s world. From urban Edinburgh and London to the South of France and New England, each environment he encounters becomes a fresh kaleidoscopic canvas for his art. A lushly-visualized travelogue, Goldsworthy’s work and Thomas Riedelsheimer’s exquisite cinematography redefine landscape and inextricably tie human life to the natural world.

Doors open at 6pm.
Films are free and open to the public.

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ORGANIZATION HIGHLIGHT

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Dummerston Conservation Commission

The mission of the Dummerston Conservation Commission is to promote community responsibility and awareness of our conservation needs and to encourage stewardship of the natural habitat.

http://dummerstonconservation.com/


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March Month 3 of 12: Reorganizing the Rs

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A beach-y image for those needing a change of scenery. And the theme of this month's 12x12 suggestions. Garbage and plastic in the ocean. MARRRRRRCH is month 3 of our 12x12 Environmental Initiative with the following suggestions; expanding and reorganizing the Environmental Rs.

For those of you seeing this for the first time, a quick catch up... we’re looking to our community of friends and yogis to consider adopting a new environmentally friendly change each month for the next 12 months. Keep the suggestions and efforts coming and we'll add them to our list.

Join our force of concerned yogis that can change our minds and therefore, anything.


THIS MONTH TRY THE FOLLOWING

RETHINK AND THEN
Refuse, Reduce, Replace,
Recover, Repair

RETHINK

  • Do you need it?

  • Track your consumption where might there be waste.

REFUSE

  • Carry a cloth napkin and no more paper napkins.

  • Coffee on the run? Bring your own thermos and fill up.

REDUCE

  • Buy products that have less packaging or better yet buy in bulk.

  • Instead of buying something can you can borrow or rent it?

  • Minimize the impulse shopping.

  • Avoid single servings.

  • Read your newspapers and magazines online.

REPLACE

  • Replace paper towels with hand-dryers or cloth towels.

  • Choose environmentally friendly alternatives, biodegradable cleaners and garbage bags that use less toxic chemicals

RECOVER

  • Pick up trash when you go on walks and hikes, recycle when you get home

  • Start a compost bin.

REPAIR

  • Do you really need to buy a new one or can you repair it?


February Month 2 of 12: Love The Planet This Valentine's Day

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February is month 2 of our 12x12 Environmental Initiative with the following suggestions; loving the earth this Valentine's Day, bring your own, take a one day break, and absorb the heat. Take a look at our suggestions, change it up for one solid month and stick with it for life.

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Join our force of concerned yogis that can change our minds and therefore, anything.


THIS MONTH TRY THE FOLLOWING

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
Resetting the order of the 3 Rs. REDUCE first.

  • Bring your own utensils and napkins. Leave them in your car or bag. They'll be there when you eat on the run.

  • Take a break from buying bottled water and bring your own container. The studio has some lovely abandoned water bottles, we'd love you to have one.

Reduce Emissions:
Take a break.

  • Eat meatless for one or more days a week. Just developing some meat-consciousness will help your health and the health of the planet.

  • Stay home and try not driving for one solid day.

  • I know it's cold but idling the car for more than 15 seconds is a waste of fuel and of fumes.

Energy Conservation:
Catch the heat before it's gone! An open and shut case.

  • Open your blinds and curtains to let the heat in. Shut them again right after dusk.

  • Close vents and doors to rooms not being used.

  • Using a woodstove? Try setting a pot of clean water on it to use as hot water throughout your day. For tea, steaming veggies, boiling pasta. Fast dish water or add it to your bath.

Love Your Planet for Valentine's Day:

  • Give a potted plant instead of flowers*

  • Choose a locavore restaurant for your special dinner. Locally sourced. Farm to table.

  • Make your own planted seed Valentine's Day cards. https://gardentherapy.ca/seed-paper-v-day-cards/

  • Give Fair Trade Chocolate.**

  • Make a donation on your sweetie's behalf or volunteer together.


A FUEL FACTS

  • *If the roses you choose are grown in a U.S. greenhouse, they require artificial light and heat before being flown or hauled in a temperature-controlled truck, resulting in significant energy use and carbon emissions.

  • **Fair-trade certified cocoa is often shade-grown, providing wildlife habitat and protecting rain forests. It also helps ensure the farmers are paid a fair wage for their products and have safe working conditions.

  • The livestock sector — raising cows, pigs and chickens — generates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all cars, trucks and automobiles combined.

HEAT WITH WOOD?

Brave Little State had an interesting story about the highs and lows, pros and cons of heating with wood. Take a listen and you decide.

http://digital.vpr.net/post/what-are-pros-and-cons-heating-wood


January Month 1 of 12: Post-holiday, Staying Warm and Combining Road Trips

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Thanks for the enthusiastic response for this 2019 Initiative. We're excited to get started. For those of you seeing this for the first time, a quick note to catch you up. We’re looking to our community of friends and yogis to consider adopting a new environmentally friendly change each month for the next 12 months.

January kicks off month 1 of our 12x12 Environmental Initiative with the January suggestions; post-holiday cleanup, staying warm and combining road trips. Take a look for how you might change it up for one solid month and stick with it for life.

Remember that no habit can be changed if the process isn’t manageable and accessible. While at times this might get inconvenient we don’t want it to be impossible.


THIS MONTH TRY THE FOLLOWING

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:

Resetting the order of the 3 Rs we need to consider reducing first then reusing and then recycling.
Starting to remove the holiday cheer? Consider the following;

  • Compost or chip your tree as well as your natural wreaths and decor. Save all bows and ornaments for next year.

  • Cut the covers off of holiday cards and use them for next year’s present labels.

Reduce Emissions:
Combine your rides

  • Create a small group of friends that you can text or email about errands. Offer to pick things up for them or plan a day of the week to do your shopping together.

  • Ordering online with an in-store pickup is available at many of the larger stores. You can grab your friends order as well as your own in one trip.

  • Carpooling to work or events (like yoga) are a great emission and gas saver.

Energy Conservation:

An additional benefit tied to energy conservation is that it saves you money. This month try the following

  • Look for easy places to insulate or reduce drafts. You can do a lot of weatherization without the need of a contractor. Check out Efficiency Vermont's Video on Air Sealing Your Home

  • Reduce the temperature on your thermostat by 2*. If you have a programmable thermostat lower the temp at night to 60*

  • Warm up indoors with a hat, fingerless gloves or woolley socks/slippers.

  • Make your own fingerless gloves. See below for links to videos that show you how.


FUN AND HELPFUL LINKS


ENVIRONMENTAL EVENTS

  • The Climate Change Cafe meets at the Brooks Library in Brattleboro once a month from 6-9pm on Tuesdays. They present films, presentations and have community conversations regarding climate change. The next one is January 22nd.

  • http://www.brattleboro.com/events-calendar/#!/details/Climate-Cafe/5842813/2019-01-22T18

The 12x12 Environmental Initiative: The Plan

A Global Need, a Village Effort, an Individual Responsibility

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As the end of the year approaches I'm reflecting on what has transpired in 2018. I feel extremely blessed to have such a supportive community of well intentioned and caring yogis. It's because of this community that the studio exists and not a day goes by that I am not reminded of that fortune. With this growing and supportive community comes an opportunity to develop and promote initiatives such as the one I am about to detail for you.

Since October I've been very preoccupied with the environmental reports as well as the increase and severity of natural disasters. What resonates loudly for me is that I need to take personal responsibility for the future of this planet. Because of this, NVY is launching a 2019 initiative and looking for our community to support, suggest and participate with practical ways that we can all change our behavior to positively impact the planet.

We're calling this the "12x12 Environmental Initiative". This is inspired by reports from the world’s leading climate scientists that there are only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C. Beyond this point the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people will worsen.

During 2019 this initiative will be about encouraging ourselves and each other to change one habit to benefit the environment each month. To kick this program off we are asking our community for suggestions of personal changes that could benefit the planet. We’ve created a blackboard space at the studio to note your suggestions. We will also take them by email, Facebook, text, hieroglyphics, phone, carrier pigeon, on little pieces of scrap paper, or in person. We'd love to gather dozens and dozens of suggestions so everyone has a wide variety of options from which to choose.

Phase two will be to organize and publicize the suggestions and encourage each other to participate all year long with events, programs, and discussions.

I'm hoping you will consider joining in this initiative. Personally, I see I can make changes in my life to be more considerate of the planet. No matter how enormous the problem, I CAN and MUST make a change. My individual actions will affect the future of this planet and if we work as a community our changes can have an even greater impact.

Thank you all for taking the time to read this and for considering the effort. We want this to be accessible and manageable, there is no judgement or expectation only a request for patience, generosity and discipline of which I know we are all capable.

Love and Blessings,

Jen