The 12x12 Environmental Initiative: The Plan

A Global Need, a Village Effort, an Individual Responsibility


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,