How to Develop Planet Habits

It can feel challenging to get going with planet-friendly habits. 

Here are three important components to sprucing up your routine with some planet-helping upgrades: 

1. Ride that motivation wave. Motivation waves can come from feeling inspired by others or feeling compelled to action by a flashpoint event. Maybe you hear your friend raving about her new built-in workout from her bike to work route. Or read what's happening in the Amazon Rainforest fires and are eager to respond. These motivating moments aren't enough to create long-term changes but are very effective to getting you off the couch and into action. So, when you feel this motivation, look quickly to take action. 

2. Connect to daily driving priority. While environmental values are widespread, these priorities aren't experienced urgently or regularly. Connecting your planet habits to other priorities that give you an immediate sense of joy, accomplishment, relief, or peace does a few...

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Does Solving Climate Change Have to Be So Hard?

 

As an individual, have you ever wondered: what can I do about climate change?

One of the tricky parts of climate change is that in order to move forward the necessary climate change solutions in policy, innovation, and behavior change, we need to get over incentives we all have as individuals to not change anything. 

It's the classic collective action problem.

We would all do so much better by all acting swiftly and definitively to curb climate change but as individuals, businesses, and countries, we are all incentivized to keep up current ways of living and doing business.  Because it is easier to continue a predictable routine with known benefits than work to change that routine with unrealized benefits. 

So how do we get beyond this issue where we are stuck in current habits and culture that runs counter to our planet-loving values? 

Instead of looking at environmental changes at he individual level as sacrifices for the greater...

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How to Stay Eco-Motivated

The Amazon rainforest fires are still raging. Before we get distracted by the next crisis or get pulled into day to day routines, let's stay with this issue and use it to practice breaking the cycle of inaction.

Let's build up a sustainable motivation that will get us off the couch when we feel  like it would be easier to check out. 

To review, there are first two important steps for breaking the cycle of eco-crisis inaction:

1. Celebrate your innate planet-loving values that automatically create a reaction to environmental crisis or challenges. That's a hard-wired value that is commendable and shows you are inherently capable of activating for helping the planet. 

2. Pick one small thing to do TODAY. Refuse a straw, ask a neighbor for an ingredient instead of running to the store, ask around your workplace for anyone interested in carpooling. Just one thing that feels really doable. Then treat it like you are learning something new: it's not about doing...

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How to Break the Cycle of Eco-Crisis Inaction

An environmental crisis or report grabs headlines. Maybe for a day or a week we are all concerned about it. Then we move on, no major changes happen, and we get busy with our day to day lives or other world issues. 

Wash, rinse, and repeat.

The Amazon rainforest fires are the current eco-crisis of the moment. Deservedly so. The Amazon rainforest is responsible for 20% of our earth's oxygen production and a major carbon sink we depend on in our climate change efforts. 

Want to bust out of this cycle of inaction?

1. First do a quick self check-in. When you think about the Amazon forest what are you feeling emotionally? Sadness? Fear? Anger? And what about physically, are you noticing any changes in your body?

In myself when I think about the Amazon Forest Fires I feel fear for how this could accelerate climate change. What would that mean for my future? Or my kids' future? Physically I feel my jaw is kind of clenched and I'm bracing my body. It's hard to focus on other...

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Why TreeSHRUGGER

One of the first questions I get asked when I tell someone about TreeShrugger is “why TreeSHRUGGER”? Aren't you trying to help the environment?

Well, yes! 

But there are  few reasons I landed on this name. 

Most of us really care about the planet, maybe we even see it as a core value we have to be a good steward or caretaker of the environment. 

But we are torn between the need for things to change for the planet and the daily grind we face to pay bills and put food on the table. 

Communities are designed to be driven, not biked or walked. Kids need to get to practice or daycare and dinner needs to make it to the table, or really any eating surface (no judging, haha)!

As people that care about the planet we are pulled between the demands of day to day life and how our communities are designed and making planet-friendly changes in our lives. 

This movement seems a lot like a shrug -- or at least it ends with a shrug (with a side of...

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Are You Crunchy?

Wow. I kind of can't believe I'm actually launching this after re-recording practice episodes for an embarrassing amount of time. Let's just say I've got PLENTY of practice speaking words into a microphone and while this isn't perfect, I'm DELIGHTED to finally kick off this phase of outreach.

ARE YOU CRUNCHY?

Who knew this question would kick off such a hunt within myself and household?! Not to mention eventually bring me to the realization that I needed to start a business to help others struggling with similar issues.

 

Do you feel like your habits and products don't fully reflect your values?

Even as someone that built a career working with environmental issues I found my own habits out of whack. After building up planet-friendly practices in the past, having kids or experiencing major life changes can upend even the most established habits. 

Here's what I found as I worked to clean up my own habits and product choices:

  1. Many resources out there focus on everything...
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Extreme Heat Waves: What We Can Do

This week parts of the United States are getting a taste of how climate change is ushering in more extreme heatwaves.

While it can feel murky to link weather with climate (it’s tricky!) there are numerous reports that link hotter days with climate change. But health advocates are sounding the alarm for how hotter days are a major health threat right now. 

One of the interesting trends is the dramatic evening warm ups that have been recorded. This means that while it does cool beyond the record temp of the day, it doesn’t cool down much at night putting much more stress on vulnerable populations. Add in electrical grid stresses of increased A/C and fan units running, and the risks for brownouts or blackouts during our hottest evenings are a major recipe for concern.

As many parts of the United States face the latest heat wave, here’s how we can all take action:

  1. Put energy smart practices into play to stay cool. Save money + save the planet!
    1. Cool down...
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