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...
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...
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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