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