Day 6 - Rethinking Daily Transportation
When Mat and I lived in Brooklyn, we were almost always on bicycles. It was our primary means of fitness and social interaction. Mat rode his bike to work nearly every day. I alternated between commuting by bicycle and commuting by public transportation, mostly the Subway.
While living in Bangalore is an incredible experience in a lot of ways, I do miss the ease of getting around a city like New York (as much as we may have complained about it back then). I currently rely on a driver to get from place to place, as do many Bangaloreans, and the streets are constantly choked with traffic.
There are those brave souls who commute by bicycle in this city, but the traffic and the state of the roads make it less than appealing for me, though I consider myself a (somewhat) savvy bike commuter.
Bangalore actually has a very clean, new metro line, which Mat uses to get to the office, and which I've taken with him occasionally to get around the city. Though my company pays for my driver, and it's certainly convenient to have him, I feel that using one is not really in keeping with my newfound determination to reduce my environmental impact.
I may just have to suck it up and give up that privilege.
My beautiful farmer friend wrote me an email with a whole lot of information relevant to my current quest for the right balance in my food choices, and the unique perspective of someone who spends every single day in the dedicated service of the animals in her care.
Spending the weekend in a place like this gave me hope that despite what humans have done to ravage the planet, incredible biodiversity still exists, and there are people who are actively safeguarding it.
I WANTED TO SCREAM. I wanted to cry. I wanted to stop every person I saw walking along the water and say "WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE THINKING?!" at the top of my lungs.
Remember that this exercise is about awareness and gradual change, not overnight perfection.
It takes 660 gallons of water just to produce enough beef to make 1 burger.
Craig Leeson's film is a soul stirring, shocking, inspiring work, which I think everyone should see.
There are many ways in which going zero waste can lead to greater financial freedom, and adjusting our food choices to be less wasteful is one of the quickest and easiest ways to save money.
In a city that is quickly becoming more and more urbanized, it was refreshing to hear how these two women are standing up for children's need to play, and re-using existing materials in order to do it.
If you're like me and don't know the difference between sleep, hibernate, and shut down modes, let me help you out. It's pretty simple.
I'm angry about this. I'm sad. I'm incredulous that the leader of the free world could be so careless with the future of the next generation.