Happy Earth Day, yogis! It’s hard to be a yogi in this day & age and not get caught up in the excitement of saving the planet. There’s always someone asking you about composting or recycling or inviting you to a beach clean up so it’s easy to get swept up in it… and it’s not a bad cause to get swept up in, btw. Or at least the planet doesn’t think so.

So with that in mind I’d like to propose 5 small things you can do to save the planet.

1) Eat A Vegetarian Meal: I’ve pretty much made it clear that I’m a proud omnivore, but I’ve always been willing to hear out a vegetarian argument.  Here was my problem: Piggies and cows and little chicks pull at my heart strings as much as the next mindful meat eater, but I alway felt that the ‘don’t hurt the poor animals’ argument was a little bit soft.  I wasn’t having it and someone talking to me about looking a cow in the eyes irritated me more than inspired me to put down my Cheeseburger.  It wasn’t until I learned about the benefits of vegetarianism from an environmental standpoint that I really started respecting my leaf-eating friends. Basically every serving of meat you consume requires 2400 gallons of water! When I heard that, my attention was caught. Basically think of a cow as a really big filter for grain, water & gas – instead of you using that the cow uses it and then you use the cow.  There seems to be a rather black and white middle ‘man’ in that scenario, yes?  Click here to read more.

2) Recycle: I mean do I really even have to say that? Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. In your home. At your office. On the street.  Recycle everywhere you go.  If there isn’t recycling near by, put the bottle or can in a bag and wait until you get home! If you don’t want to carry that bottle around what makes you think the planet does?

3) BYOB: Bring your own bag. Have you ever seen a plastic bag blowing around in the breeze? Have you ever seen a seal get that bag caught around it’s neck? Well I haven’t, but it does happen! Less than 1% of plastic bags are recycled as it costs $4,000 to process and recycle 1 ton of plastic bags, which are then sold for only about $32. While I think a seal’s life is worth $4,000 not everyone would agree – so why not just grab a $2 tote and keep it in your car or by your front door?  Save the planet! Want to read more? Click here.

4) Ditch The Bottle Altogether: This is personally on my to do list. I am terrible about buying bottled water when I have about 5 reusable ones laying around my apartment. Let’s do this one together: I’ll make use of my fridge-filtered water & handy Nalgene if you do!

5) Try Ecotourism: This is also on my to do list! If you need a vacation and you want to do a little good rather than do a little boozing (which is also totally acceptable in my book) check out ecotourism.  Basically you travel to an exotic location and help ensure it stays as beautiful tomorrow as it is when you get to check it out.  That seems fair, right? And I’m sure they’ll let you have a cocktail or two!

You don’t have to be a raging liberal or a bleeding heart to give a shit about the environment – just make a few easy tweaks to your daily & weekly routine and there you go, you helped save the planet. There’s not a much bigger or widely reaching cause than that, is there?


A Slightly Greener Heather C