Caring for the planet we live on is something that is near and dear to my heart. Since my teenage years I have been conscious that we only have one planet and it is our responsibility to take care of it. My passion on this topic has only increased with the years as I learn more and as we find ourselves in a more dire place.
I have written before about living more sustainably and I try to be an example of it in my life. One of my core missions as a yoga instructor is to help people be more aware of how they are living in their own body and with the hopes that the awareness will ripple into the choices they make everyday about the footprint they are making on the planet.
Plastic is everywhere! We are at the point of no return. We need to change our ways. All of us. That means you. No matter how much you already do it’s time to up your game. The more I try to eliminate plastic from my life the more I see it is nearly an impossible feat with the way things are now. Even if I do use less plastic than most people in the United States, and even if I inspire you to cut back on the convenience, I keep wondering, how can we really make a difference?
The phrase I learned in my late teens was Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This is when awareness on this topic was just beginning to surface. And that was a long time ago. And the 3 R’s are not going to cut it now. It’s time to make real changes to reduce your plastic footprint. You are needed to inspire others to do the same – not just individuals but businesses too. As consumers we have power, there are solutions and alternatives, your action and your voice are needed.
So continue to reduce and reuse. But unfortunately, recycling is not what is seems. Most plastic is not actually recyclable. There is little or no market for recyclables anymore and the process is expensive. We are at a point when we truly have to flat out refuse #PointlessPlastic.
I am taking this issue on and I need your help. Please join me this month in making pledges to change your habits, not for a day, or a month, or even this year. Let’s change our ways for good. The planet cannot handle the amount of waste we humans dispose of each minute. It’s going to take each and every one of us. Stay tuned throughout the month for actions you can take to become a “No Plastic Warrior.” And if you are in the Bay Area, join me and Elyse Hochstadt on Sunday, April 14, at Yoga Tree Hayes for our Stamp Out Plastic Event.