Ep 13: Music is Medicine for Activists, Ada Ketchie & Nathan Getzin
- Notice the music of nature, of life. Step outside, close our eyes, take a deep breath. Notice the sound bath of birds, wind, cars, our neighbors… Actively tuning into nature deepens our listening within and without.
- Try a morning musical meditation. Ada & Nathan have a beautiful daily meditation that we can download from their site (scroll down on homepage).
- Truly listen. Turn on our favorite song and really listen. Take responsibility for what we feel. Where are we feeling that music in our body? Locate it. Journal about it. Or share it with a friend.
- Play music to help a child (or pet, or ourselves) calm. We can develop a habit of turning to music when we feel anxious or overwhelmed. We can teach children in our lives to do the same.
- Gather around music. Join others, and experience music together, whether it be playing, listening, or singing. Intentionally choose to experience music with others.
- Lookup @wakes.life on Instagram and say hi.
Ep 14: Talking to Horses, Charlotte Chanler
- Stay open and seek out learning. It sounds simple, but sometimes we need to be conscious of this. There is always more to learn, even if we’ve been working with horses our entire lives.
- Use Instagram. Instagram is a free way to learn about cutting edge research that is happening with horses.
- Join Hearthorse. Hearthorse is a diverse community, specifically focused on sharing innovative ways to connect with and help your horse.
- Adopt. If you’re thinking about getting a new horse, google rescues and think about adopting rather than purchasing.
- Lookup @horsemagic or @hearthorsebox on Instagram and say hi.
Ep 15: Ethically Sourced Crystals, Nicholas Pearson
Nicholas is a reiki and gemstones expert, author and teacher. Episode 15 is at https://ForAnimalsForEarth.com/podcast/15
- Ask questions. When shopping for crystals ask where they came from. Open the dialog. (I have an ever growing list of shops focused on ethically sourced crystals in this blog post.)
- Look for mineralogical shops. Whether at a gemstone market, or searching out a new crystal online, look for rock collectors and experts. They’re likely to know more about where the stone came from. And they may have historically mined items in their collection (rather than newly mined). As a bonus they’re usually cheaper too!
- Start in our back yard. Every stone on earth has healing properties, and we can find the perfect match for us anywhere. We don’t have to buy traditional crystals.
- Buy Nicholas’s books. To learn more about reiki and the power of healing with stones.
- Lookup @theluminouspearl on Instagram and say hi.
Ep 16 & 17: Wildlife Rescue, Ame Vanorio
- Compassion. First and foremost, when we see a wild animal, start from a place of compassion. There’s a chance the animal is near us because it is sick, or injured, or stressed.
- Download Animal Help Now App. Ever get stuck seeing an animal and not knowing what to do? You can literally tap on the app and find a wildlife rehabilitator near you to ask.
- Place a Wildlife Rescue Kit in our car. This will help us to have what we need if we find an animal in trouble. We ALL really can help with wildlife rescue. Link to DIY kit.
- Lookup Fox Run Environmental Education Center on Facebook & YouTube and say hi.
Ep 18: Second Hand Stores for Free, Diana Kohne
- Live a buy nothing new life. Anything that we want or need, we can probably find second-hand.
- Second hand stores. Start here when we need something new. We can splurge on something that may otherwise hurt the environment, or could normally be out of price range.
- Trade. If you don’t live in northeast LA and don’t have a facilitated trade option near you, contact Diana and explore starting your own Trade Closet.
- Lookup Trade Closet on Facebook and tell Diana hi.
Ep 19: Eco Friendly Costumes, Katie Miles & Rachel Jones
- Invest in companies that have sustainability as a priority. Spend a little more to support brands that clearly use environmentally conscious materials and ethical manufacturing.
- Quality vs. quantity. Rather than purchasing more, we can try to reinvent what we have. For example, rather than buying another new doll, make new clothes for the same doll.
- Mend ripped clothing and toys. Rather than tossing something for having a hole in it, teach ourselves, and our children, how to mend. (DIY video links in show notes linked above)
- Dye stained clothing. Rather than tossing stained clothing, throw a bunch of pieces into a bucket of dye and make something new. (DIY video links in show notes linked above)
- Help kids sell their toys on Facebook marketplace. Rather than immediately donating, teach kids to buy and sell second hand by letting them make their own money to use.
- Support “Right to Repair Laws”. Write to government officials asking them to pass a right to repair law in our state.
- Lookup @hijinkscostumes on Instagram and say hi.
Ep 20. Sustainable Jewelry, Stephanie Maslow Blackman
- Ask questions. Know who made a piece of jewelry before we buy it, and ask that person exactly how ethically and sustainably it was made.
- Recycle our jewelry & electronics. If we properly recycle our metals, they can be used to make new products. We can even ask our jeweler if it’s possible to recycle old jewelry with them.
- Share what we know. If we know of brands and suppliers that lead with the environment, share them with others. Help them build their customer base and grow.
- Lead by example. Rather than verbally trying to convince those around us to change, focus on what we can do and simply be an example through our own choices.
- Educate. If we make a product, help our customers learn, by sharing where the product we’re selling comes from, and why we made the choices we did.
- Lookup @metaliciousjewelry on Instagram and say hi.
Ep 21&22: Ecological Impact Centers, Jason Bliss
- Stay open. When things don’t feel right, accept that we don’t know all of the answers and stay open to learning from others.
- Spend our money with businesses who are doing good things. Sometimes we need to spend a little extra money, time, or effort to make sure we are not perpetuating the damage that many large corporations are doing.
- Support the people who are creating the world we want to see. Like, comment, share, rate, and review content that we appreciate. Help creators and business owners reach a larger audience and make a bigger difference.
- Make a plan. Use Jason’s free permaculture ebook to design a more ecologically beneficial life.
- Visit an ecological impact center. Jason recommends going to NuMundo.org to find a place that speaks to us.
- Lookup @sharinginsightspod on Instagram and say hi.
Ep. 23: Sustainable, ethical supply chains, Steve Brown
- Get to know new technology. Rather than fear technology, dive in and learn what it really is, and how it can be a sustainable solution to the world’s biggest problems. Steve’s book, “The Innovation Ultimatum” or his “5 Minutes into the Future Video Series” are great places to start.
- Pay attention to investigative journalism. Read the stories and exposes coming out about what is truly happening in the world. And learn.
- Socialize these issues with friends. Talk about the big problems in the world and how we can solve them. Keep them top of mind.
- Clearly define what we care about. Technology will be provided, to help us with our purchase decisions. But we should we ready to say what is most important to us (e.g. child labor, animal cruelty, carbon neutral, sustainable, etc.).
- Lookup Steve at @TheBaldFuturist on YouTube and say hi.