“Fertility of the soil is the future of civilization.”
– Sir Albert Howard
We started a conversation on Vesselify on how to get people to care about important causes within your yoga classes.
The next question is – how can we move the needle on halting the climate crisis?
We’re living in a time in human history where we all have a role to play in changing the course of our planet.
There’s a lot we can do as individuals to be good stewards of the planet, and we’ll go over those below, but first let’s look at what will really move the needle — i.e. what happens at a policy level. You can help by upping your civic engagement game:
- Talk to your local representatives and candidates about how they’re advocating for the community. What are they doing to take bold steps toward climate action? Are they aware of regenerative organic farming, for example? In the USA you can reach your representatives with an app called Five Calls that makes it super convenient.
- Register to vote and help others do the same. Be aware of not just the general election, but primaries and midterm elections.
- Vote for candidates who are doing good work for the planet and the community and are committed to big, structural change.
- Stay informed about what’s happening in government law-making – both locally and nationally. Then hold your elected officials accountable by letting them know what’s important to you. Make calling or texting them a part of your weekly to-do list!
Watch your carbon footprint.
In addition to being civically engaged, you can help to offset your carbon footprint caused by driving, flying in airplanes, buying food that travels to get to you, etc. with a few action items.
- Every consumer votes with their dollars every meal – buy organic to help support more holistic agricultural systems! Ask the restaurants you eat at if they are serving organic food.
- Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) so your local farmers are supported in direct sales to consumers.
- Plant a garden. Whether you have a big yard or a little balcony in your apartment, grow plants, herbs, food, and flowers that attract pollinators.
- Learn to compost. Composting food scraps and using them in your garden will help to build the fertility of the soil.
- Check your home’s energy efficiency. Your heating, cooling, electricity, and water heating all contribute. There might be small changes you can make to create sustainable change in your home.
- Ride a bike and carpool when possible.
- Shop local. The less your food has to travel to get to you, the lower the carbon footprint. Support your town’s farmer’s market if it has one.
Talk to your farmers.
- At your local farmer’s market, you can usually meet the people who grew or raised your food – how cool!
- When you meet local farmers, ask about their farm and growing/raising practices.
- Do they engage in any regenerative growing practices?
- Does the farm hold any certifications like USDA organic or Regenerative Organic?
- If not, would they be interested in consulting services to help move in that direction? (Consulting through Rodale Institute is free to farmers in Pennsylvania and certain midwestern states).
- Do they use pesticides?
- What do their animals eat and where do the animals live?