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Becoming a real Green Goddess (because you care)

I wasn’t aware of my environmental impact up until I started looking into veganism in 2014. I had absolutely no idea that I was contributing to ocean pollution, cutting down the Amazon rainforest, climate change, animal suffering, or pretty much anything.

I lived in a bubble where the people who were responsible for those issues were the big oil industry and our governments. Obviously, I wasn’t doing anything bad whenever I brought home a plastic bag with two teeny-tiny tomatoes in them or whenever I ate a big steak with grilled cheese on the side.

It was so much easier back then. Ignorance really is bliss.

Just a few facts about how we are destroying our mother nature:

  • A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute. *
  • Climate change could triple the number of asylum seekers to the EU by the year 2100. *
  • There are 25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. *
  • Over 100,000 marine animals die every year from plastic entanglement and ingestion. *
  • Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation. *
  • Agriculture is responsible for 80-90% of US water consumption. *

These are just a few facts that are known to us. These are just a few facts that might look different 50 years from today if we start taking action and stop exploiting nature and animals.

Today is the day for all of us to become a Green Goddess.

I am taking action every single day. By not consuming animals, reducing the use of plastic, walking or using public transportation, and not buying things that I do not need, I am helping the planet.

If I would have to rate myself on how green I am, from 1 to 10, I would give myself a solid 6.

There is still so much I can do! There is always so much I can do.

But the point is not in being a perfectionist and striving for a zero-waste lifestyle in the next 6 months, it’s about progress.

Progress, progress, progress.

Whether we are talking about plastic, eating animals, saving water, going solar… It doesn’t matter. We should be always striving for progress and achieving that by taking small steps towards living a green lifestyle and becoming a real Green Goddess.

I have met so many people who come up with so many excuses:

  • But, like, even if I start using a cotton bag instead of the plastic one and I stop buying bottled water every day, I will still buy food that is in a plastic packaging. I can’t just stop using plastic, Tanja!
  • But, like, just because I stop eating animals and go, like, vegan, there will still be billions of others who are eating animals, so, like, I am not doing enough. I am saving such a tiny amount of animals compared to how many of them will be slaughtered.
  • But, like, I need my car to drive my kids to school and I could only use public transportation or –gasp- walk to my work, twice a week.

I have heard it all before, guys. Seriously.

And what I want you to remember is that I am not asking you to go vegan in a day, sell your car and buy an electric one, or go zero waste in a week.

I am telling you that:

  • You can replace some animal products with plant-based alternatives (way, way, way fewer crops and less water is used in making a plant-based burger than in making one from an animal) and add more veggies and legumes on your plate every day.
  • You can use your car when you need it, but whenever possible, you can go about your business with a bike, a train, a bus, walk, or even share a ride.
  • You can start with reusable bags, wooden straws and glass water bottles.

I am telling you that you can start reducing and making progress. I am not telling you to completely change your life from today to tomorrow, that would be, a) probably impossible and b) too hard for anyone to achieve.

It took me 11 months to go from vegetarian to vegan. It didn’t happen in a day. I was reducing animal products from my diet day by day, every month I ate less dairy. Every day I dedicated time to learn more so that when I went vegan, I knew. It took some preparation and it took dedication to making progress. Until one day, I just woke up and said: you know what; I am officially vegan from today on.

And the thing is, even today, three years after that deciding moment, I am STILL making progress. I am still reducing animal products (not food, but cleaning products) from my life. I will always be making progress.

Same with plastic. I am reducing every day more and I am making progress with each purchase I make that doesn’t contain plastic. But it will take some time for me to be comfortable with the amount of plastic I am ready to let go completely. It will take more preparation, more thinking and planning ahead, it will take more dedication.

That’s why I am telling you – it’s all about progress. Maybe some of you can switch in one day and become a Green Goddes right away, but many of you cannot. And that’s okay.

Let me know in the comment section what are you trying to make progress in right now, and how are you finding the inspiration to keep reducing whatever you are reducing? Are you close to becoming a Green Goddess?

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p.s. – I wrote a beautiful post on how to create a self-care routine that works for you, so make sure you check it out by clicking here. Every Green Goddess needs to love herself first.

Three ways you can be more eco today

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Today I will share with you how to be more eco today and in the year that is coming + why it’s on us to change the world and not on the government and politicians.

I have a feeling that people do want to be more eco-friendly but they are not sure how to start or what being eco-friendly even means. Of course, they know that climate change is real but they are not aware of how real it is and how threatening to our survival it is.

I am very passionate about fighting climate change. It’s something that gets me up every morning and gives me the power to continue doing what I do.

Being eco-friendly means living in a way that is not harmful to our mother nature. It means living according to the laws nature created and it means respecting what she gave us.

Now, I assume you already know that animal agriculture is the main cause of climate change and you probably are already vegan or at least plant-based, but that is not enough by far. Read this post if you are not aware of how bad animal agriculture is.

While it is good to not contribute to the main cause of climate change, it is also very important to do other things that have a positive impact on our planet Earth. We should not stop at being vegan but we should continue expanding our awareness and doing everything that we possibly can to save our beautiful planet.

I want to present three ways on how you can be more eco today, so here they are:

  • Do not use glitter. It is tiny plastic that we can never get rid of and it can sadly be found in some sea animals that swallow it due to it being so small. But if you absolutely must use glitter for one or another reason, make sure to find a biodegradable one.
  • Stop buying so many clothes. Not only are people abused and sometimes enslaved to create clothes that will become a part of what we call fast fashion, but all the pesticides that are used in the making of clothes are hazardous to our environment. I recommend reading this article.
  • Stop using plastic straws (and use wooden ones instead). Disposable straws are usually made of plastic and sadly plastic never breaks down. Straws usually end up in our oceans and can be found inside the bodies of sea animals. Have you seen this video of a sea turtle getting a straw removed from her nose? It’s bloody but also bloody sad.

Climate change starts and stops with us.

We are responsible for what is happening on our planet and all around us. To deny our footprint would be to deny our life and that is simply impossible. Being alive means being held responsible for our actions and right now our actions are driving our planet towards destruction and horrible death.

Not only are we harming ourselves and our nature but also all the other animals. When we harm nature we harm ourselves so to claim that we are powerless when it comes to fighting climate change is the same as claiming that we are powerless to change.

We can all change.

I want to share with you a beautiful image of Earth, taken by Voyager 1 spacecraft at a distance 6 billion kilometers away from Earth.

The following is the excerpt from Carl Sagan’s book Pale Blue Dot.

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

Remember to take care of our home. It’s the only one we’ve got at the moment.

Leave me a comment and tell me what steps you are taking to ensure that you are living an eco-friendly lifestyle. What do you think we can all do more of to be more eco today?

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p.s. – To learn about how to be even more eco today, read this post on how to become a Green Goddess.

Climate change is not that bad. Or is it?

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I am convinced that nobody really cares for the planet when talking about climate change.

If anyone is truly concerned about climate change, is either because they worry about their own future, or they worry about the future of humanity.

The Earth is not something people think about.

And I dare to say, rightfully so.

Our Earth has gone through many, many, many environmental changes and she always survived.

I mean, what do we think it’s going to happen?

Is the planet going to explode?

That’s as bad as it could get, yet it won’t.

One day, yes.

But not now.

Yes, the climate is changing, the planet is getting warmer and many species of animals are going extinct because of that. Animals are not only dying because of climate change but mostly due to human trash that keeps doing shitty things.

Will most cities be underwater by the end of this century? Perhaps.

Will elephants go extinct by the year 2045? Perhaps. If they do go extinct, it will happen in the wild, not in sanctuaries.

Will immigration become an even bigger problem due to environmental changes? It is already happening and it will get worse.

So, yes, climate change is really bad and we should do something about it, but the planet will live either way. She will get hot and one day she will get cold again. Perhaps, we don’t really know.

I do believe humans are partially responsible for climate change. It’s quite obvious that with our lifestyle choices, we aren’t really contributing to a greener society.

I do believe that scientists are correct about climate change and I do trust science (at least on certain things). I doubt that 97% of scientists would be paid to lie about something so obvious.

I look through the window in August and February, and I see that the seasons are different. I feel the effects of climate change in my country and in my backyard. I don’t need to search for facts and studies, although that helps.

But I don’t believe two things:

  • That famous environmentalists really care about climate change that much.

If they would, they would actually do big things. But money is still a priority and most do not even mention the leading cause of climate change (when talking about the human-made half), which is animal agriculture. As much as I love Elon Musk and I do believe he cares about the future of our planet and humans, I am still waiting for him to go vegan. I’m looking at you too DiCaprio; you know damn well you are a fake environmentalist.

  • That climate change is entirely man-made.

We know that the Earth has gone through many changes since her birth. She has been cold, hot, she gave birth and she was attacked (the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs). She is a woman; she went through phases when she was bleeding for thousands and thousands of years, yet she still managed to get through shit and birth everything that you see today.

Yes, humans have polluted her and managed to worsen the effects of climate change, but climate change was always going to happen. That does absolutely in no way mean that climate change is not man-made, but it is not entirely caused by humans. Climate change was already here, it was us who fucked it up even more.

The most important thing to remember here is to not stop fighting for her now. Don’t give up and think that because it is not entirely man-made, we can just stop and she will be well.

Abso-freaking-lutely not.

We can still lessen the effects that will occur due to global warming.

We can still save a huge part of species that would go extinct.

We still need to go plant-based.

We still need to start driving electric cars or no cars at all.

We still need to recycle and use a lot less plastic.

We still need to go solar.

We still need to do a lot of things that matter.

The fact that the Earth has always gone through climate change is not a reason to give up, it is a reason to thrive and fight even more!

We can do our part as humanity. We can actually take responsibility for once.

If you are interested in how to go vegan, make sure you read my post, where I share with you my favorite tips for transitioning to a more compassionate lifestyle. As many of you already know, we can fight climate change with a whole plant based diet.

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Climate change is real. Learn how YOU can help.

Being a vegan myself, I have learned about how my lifestyle is good for the environment pretty early. The feeling of knowing that I am not supporting the destruction of our planet is truly incredible. I have been very passionate about becoming an environmentalist and becoming more eco-friendly since becoming a plant eater, so today I will share with you 10 ways to fight climate change. You can start with just one and slowly continue to be able to live according to all of them. I am still not completely environment-friendly, but every day I am taking the necessary steps in the right direction. My intention is to one day live a completely eco-friendly lifestyle.

  1. Watch Cowspiracy and educate yourself on the importance of veganism when fighting climate change. It is the first step to being environment-friendly; just change your diet to a plant-based. I wrote about it here.
  2. Ditch plastic altogether or start with one less plastic bag a day. Soon you will learn other ways of carrying food and plastic will be long gone from your home. I know its probably the hardest thing to do, using less plastic, but its one of the most important ones.
  3. What car do you drive? A Tesla? A hybrid? Make sure your car is environment-friendly. If you cannot afford to change your vehicle at the moment, at least start going places with a bike or by walking.
  4. Grab a recycling bag and go outside to pick up the trash that you see every day at your local park.
  5. If it’s yellow, you don’t have to flush the toilet all the time. I know it sounds gross, but sometimes you need to forget about the color of your pee to save the planet.
  6. Grab a copy of Cowspiracy and lend it to your friends, so they can see how their diet affects the lives of billions of people on this planet. Here is another post that I wrote about Cowspiracy.
  7. Start using DIY or natural washing powder, detergents, and cleaners.
  8. Recycle paper, plastic, bottles, food, clothes… Just recycle!
  9. Donate paper that you don’t need anymore and save a tree or two.
  10. Plant a tree.

Those are just a few ideas that you can use to fight climate change and help us with making this planet green and beautiful again. It starts with you and you are able to inspire someone else. That makes two people, and imagine what can happen when every person that you inspired to take action inspires someone else! The world becomes a better place and our mother Earth is saved. Climate change cannot be stopped anymore, but it can be slowed down or reduced.

Make sure to let me know in the comment section what steps you are already taking to help our planet while climate change is still going strong. Oh, and stay in touch with me on social media, you can find me on Twitter.