Happy news! There are adjustments we can make as we go through our day to live more lightly and compassionately on Earth.
Here is a link to my favorite list of suggestions for altering your lifestyle. The ideas will definitely help you stop contributing to the global ills of climate change, environmental degradation, and species extinction. But unlike most “should-do” or “MUST-DO!” lists, this one is offered by the Earth Holder Sangha of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village Tradition of which I am a part. It gently outlines a process leading to lasting personal transformation that may just inspire and heal the world. It includes:
- looking deeply
- contemplating action, and
- awakening the mind and heart to fully embrace the art of living.
From a place of deep awareness, the Earth Holder Commitment encourages you to mindfully choose from a list of suggestions (and I suspect you’ll spot many ideas you’re already doing!).
In addition to the above link, we can also:
- reduce food waste, and
- ask our grocers to install an ugly produce section.
It turns out, uneaten produce is the single biggest component of land fills and it’s production and loss accounts for 8% of the global climate pollution. President Obama pledged to cut food waste in half by 2030. You can learn more in this article from The Guardian.
You can also engage by joining others in caring for Earth. Here is a great list of organizations you can learn from, volunteer for, donate to, or start a local initiative with. There’s something for everyone no matter your gender, race, political bent, interest, religious affiliation, or concern. You can pick to focus on local, national, or international actions, and zero-in on your particular passion from a spectrum of critical environmental issues. You can even put your energy toward stopping what’s going wrong or celebrating what’s going right! Everything you need to engage is provided on these websites.
Here’s the list of organizations I recommend:
- 350.org, “Climate-focused campaigns, projects and actions led from the bottom-up by people in 188 countries,” www.350.org
- Bioneers, “Revolution from the Heart of Nature,” bioneers.org
- Buddhist Peace Fellowship, “Cultivating Compassionate Action,” budhistpeacefellowship.org
- Citizen’s Climate Lobby, “A non-profit, non-partisan grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change,” https://citizensclimatelobby.org/
- Climate One, “Changing the conversation about energy, the economy, and the environment,” ClimateOne.org
- The Climate Reality Project, “Catalyzing a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society,” https://www.climaterealityproject.org/
- Divest Invest, “Calling on investors of every stripe to divest from the fossil fuel industries deepening the climate crisis and invest in climate solutions,” http://divestinvest.org/
- EcoAmerica Moment US, “Grows the base of popular support for climate solutions in America,” http://ecoamerica.org/momentus/
- Energy and Enterprise Initiative, “A nonprofit educational effort at George Mason University committed to building public understanding of free enterprise and its promise to solve energy and climate challenges,” http://republicen.org/
- Evangelical Environmental Network, “Educates, inspires, and mobilizes Christians in their effort to care for God’s creation… and advocates for actions and policies that honor God and protects the environment,” http://creationcare.org/
- The International Earth Holder Sangha, “An affinity group in the Plum Village Tradition awakening a great togetherness to bring transformation and healing to earth,” EarthHolder.org
- Interfaith Power & Light, “A religious response to global warming,” interfaithpowerandlight.org
- One Earth Sangha, “Expressing a Buddhist response to climate change and other threats to our home,” http://www.oneearthsangha.org
- The Pachamama Alliance, “Weaving indigenous wisdom and modern knowledge for a thriving, just, and sustainable world,” http://www.pachamama.org/about,
- Plum Village Mindfulness Practice Center, “ The first monastic community founded by Zen Master Thich Hnat Hanh in the West,” http://plumvillage.org/
- Progressive Christians Uniting, “Engaging people and communities to embody Jesus’ way of compassion and justice for our world,” http://www.progressivechristiansuniting.org/
- The Racing Extinction Challenge, a tool kit based on Racing Extinction: The Film, http://racingextinction.com/
- Rainforest Action Network, “Campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life,” http://www.ran.org/
- Respectful Revolution, “A national, not-for-profit advocacy project seeking to document positive action and inspire change,” respectfulrevolution.org
- Transition Town Movement, “A grassroots initiative seeking to build community resilience in the face of peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis,” http://transitionus.org
- Seed Freedom, “Protecting the biodiversity of the planet by defending the freedom of the seed to evolve with integrity, self-organization, and diversity,” vandanashiva.org
- Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, International, “Engaging women worldwide to take action as powerful stakeholders in climate change and sustainability solutions,” http://wecaninternational.org/
- World Resources Institute (WRI), “Advancing transformative solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation,” http://www.wri.org/our-work/topics/climate
- World Wildlife Fund (WWF), “Create a climate-resilient and zero-carbon world, powered by renewable energy,” http://www.worldwildlife.org/initiatives/climate, and http://www.worldwildlife.org/industries/dairy
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