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The number one question I’ve received this week has been “what can I do to help?” and/or “how can I do more?” Melt my Goddamn heart.  Thank you for being inspired to be part of the solution. I am here for you! •First of all, text Congress. Let them hear your voice. Let them know that there is no room in government for climate deniers. Our leaders need to be making decisions off of facts, not profits. And now is the time for change. Text CLIMATE to 71333•Use less plastic, especially single use. This does not mean to go without. This means to do things differently. Once upon a time we didn’t have plastic in every inch of our lives. We can, and must, live in a world without plastic. It’s totally possible. And let me tell ya…it is really fun to say “no plastic, please.” Most people will support you. Those who don’t just aren’t there yet, but you planted the seed of change.•Fall in love with secondhand, especially your clothes. Secondhand is sexy. It’s means things have mysterious, romantic pasts. It means your clothes have lived a little and know a thing or two about life. Secondhand is all about personality. If you think secondhand is icky, think again. People who are in it purely for profit paid a lot of money for you to believe that.•My favorite: take care of yourself. Change makers need to be happy and healthy to do their best work. If you are run down, stressed out and not your complete self, that’s what you’re bringing to the table. For all aspects of your life, be your best so you can do your best. 🌳🌎🏻

The number one question I’ve received this week has been “what can I do to help?” and/or “how can I do more?” Melt my Goddamn heart. Thank you for being inspired to be part of the solution. I am here for you! •First of all, text Congress. Let them hear your voice. Let them know that there is no room in government for climate deniers. Our leaders need to be making decisions off of facts, not profits. And now is the time for change. Text CLIMATE to 71333•Use less plastic, especially single use. This does not mean to go without. This means to do things differently. Once upon a time we didn’t have plastic in every inch of our lives. We can, and must, live in a world without plastic. It’s totally possible. And let me tell ya…it is really fun to say “no plastic, please.” Most people will support you. Those who don’t just aren’t there yet, but you planted the seed of change.•Fall in love with secondhand, especially your clothes. Secondhand is sexy. It’s means things have mysterious, romantic pasts. It means your clothes have lived a little and know a thing or two about life. Secondhand is all about personality. If you think secondhand is icky, think again. People who are in it purely for profit paid a lot of money for you to believe that.•My favorite: take care of yourself. Change makers need to be happy and healthy to do their best work. If you are run down, stressed out and not your complete self, that’s what you’re bringing to the table. For all aspects of your life, be your best so you can do your best. 🌳🌎🏻

While in South Africa, one day my dad and I did a tour of the local village between game rides. The tour was amazing but we also stumbled cross an event that made it all the more awesome. There was a song & dance competition taking place at one of the schools in which students came from all over to participate in. On our way to the center of town, we came across a few girls who were competing (unfortunately we didn’t get to see them perform). The enthusiasm from these young adults was contagious; I wanted to get up and join them. The last photo is me showing a young boy some of the footage I took. It was so special and I’m so grateful to experience it.

While in South Africa, one day my dad and I did a tour of the local village between game rides. The tour was amazing but we also stumbled cross an event that made it all the more awesome. There was a song & dance competition taking place at one of the schools in which students came from all over to participate in. On our way to the center of town, we came across a few girls who were competing (unfortunately we didn’t get to see them perform). The enthusiasm from these young adults was contagious; I wanted to get up and join them. The last photo is me showing a young boy some of the footage I took. It was so special and I’m so grateful to experience it.

Americans throws away approximately 80 lbs. of clothing per person, per year. Many of those items are synthetic, which take hundreds of years to decompose (and when they do, those toxins make their way into our water systems and food chains). Researchers estimate that the fashion industry is globally responsible for 10% of CO2 emissions, 20% of industrial wastewater, 24% of insecticides and 11% of pesticides used. Extending the life of clothes reduces carbon, water and waste footprints. So don’t toss it. Instead, extend the wear (aka go circular).•One way is through resale, like Patagonia’s Worn Wear program. As long as your items meet their criteria (clean, in good condition) they will buy back almost anything they make (there are exceptions such as next to skin items like swimsuits and underwear, naturally). After cleaning things up, they will resell garments through their Worn Wear website, extending the wear of these items. https://wornwear.patagonia.com•Less landfill. Decreasing the footprint. And today I walked away with $100 store credit. Oh hell yeah.•Other brands are doing similar programs. I’m also a big fan of Taylor Stitch’s Restitch and vintage program. Definitely check them out. https://restitch.taylorstitch.com

A few highlights from the first 4 days of the safari trip my dad taking in South Africa (from Phinda): Hugging a 1,000 year old tree (of course I did). Hearing a little lion cub attempting to roar.Seeing wild elephants for the first time and literally loosing my shit (teary eyes is an understatement). The work I do is for the animals: being here has reminded 100 times over how worth it they are. Seriously. Having a ranger who lives life large and who taught me a thing or two, plus could get me to belly laugh at 6 AM. Learning that being a tracker means being one with the earth and it’s truly amazing. Witnessing my dad in pure amazement and joy while we took a tour of the local Zulu community to learn about their culture and traditions. The majority of my photos are my Canon: more to come. 🦒🦓🐆🦏🇿🇦

A few highlights from the first 4 days of the safari trip my dad taking in South Africa (from Phinda): Hugging a 1,000 year old tree (of course I did). Hearing a little lion cub attempting to roar.Seeing wild elephants for the first time and literally loosing my shit (teary eyes is an understatement). The work I do is for the animals: being here has reminded 100 times over how worth it they are. Seriously. Having a ranger who lives life large and who taught me a thing or two, plus could get me to belly laugh at 6 AM. Learning that being a tracker means being one with the earth and it’s truly amazing. Witnessing my dad in pure amazement and joy while we took a tour of the local Zulu community to learn about their culture and traditions. The majority of my photos are my Canon: more to come. 🦒🦓🐆🦏🇿🇦

There is scientific proof that the clothes you wear have a direct effect of how you feel and carry yourself. Hence my chosen attire for today: I needed to remind myself that I am an Earth Warrior. I know that change is not served on a silver platter, with sparkles and champagne. I know that part of the process includes struggle and loss: with what’s going on in the Amazon and the Endangered Species Act is proving that. What I couldn’t possible imagine was how hard it was going to hurt when those major blows become the limelight. I have allow myself to go through the emotions so I can be done with them. Then I paused and chose how I want to react. This time I’ve chosen resilience and determination. I know that energy follows thought – by putting myself into this mindset I become it. If you are feeling overwhelmed, defeated and hopeless, that’s OK. Allow yourself to feel that way, but don’t let those feelings determined your direction. If you need a little help getting out of your funk, treat yourself with love and kindness. Maybe get outside and breathe deep with your face in the sun. It’s always good to read something that inspires you. Or it can be as simple as putting on your favorite sweatshirt. Then enjoy the magic of self-love and manifestation. It really does help.

There is scientific proof that the clothes you wear have a direct effect of how you feel and carry yourself. Hence my chosen attire for today: I needed to remind myself that I am an Earth Warrior. I know that change is not served on a silver platter, with sparkles and champagne. I know that part of the process includes struggle and loss: with what’s going on in the Amazon and the Endangered Species Act is proving that. What I couldn’t possible imagine was how hard it was going to hurt when those major blows become the limelight. I have allow myself to go through the emotions so I can be done with them. Then I paused and chose how I want to react. This time I’ve chosen resilience and determination. I know that energy follows thought – by putting myself into this mindset I become it. If you are feeling overwhelmed, defeated and hopeless, that’s OK. Allow yourself to feel that way, but don’t let those feelings determined your direction. If you need a little help getting out of your funk, treat yourself with love and kindness. Maybe get outside and breathe deep with your face in the sun. It’s always good to read something that inspires you. Or it can be as simple as putting on your favorite sweatshirt. Then enjoy the magic of self-love and manifestation. It really does help.

Ladies and Gentlemen – this is my Partner in Crime when it comes to fighting for the Earth. I am damn proud of him, for a damn good reason. Read what he wrote, see what he’s doing and be inspired. I promise you that his energy is infectious and you’ll be motivated to DO SOMETHING (and go to his original post to see the video footage) @mrpatrickduffy I love you more and more every day. Thank you for filling my heart and charging my soul. 🌳🌎🏻・・・Lima Peru: This is the new normal for everyone. What you once could ignore, you can’t anymore. Your SILENCE IS VIOLENCE! Standing in solidarity with the indigenous communities in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Ecuador and Peru who are fighting for their rights to simply live and breathe. The terrible fires that are devastating the Amazon region are having extremely serious impacts on the population, ecosystems and biological diversity in said countries and soon the entire globe. The Amazon is the lungs of the earth and a vital life source for all living things.  If President of Brazil, Bolsonaro, continues to encourage logging and farming for short term “economic gain”, not only will his short sightedness cause his own country to suffer by destroying irreplaceable ecosystems in Brazil but it will also create a massive distriuctive shift and push the globe into ecological devastation. Without the Amazon, we can’t live. It’s that simple. ..Here are some ways you can aid in protecting the rainforest:.Donate to Rainforest Action Network to protect an acre of the Amazonian rainforest.Donate to the Rainforest Trust to help buy land in the rainforest. Since 1988, the organization has saved over 23 million acres. .Reduce your paper and wood consumption. Double-check with Rainforest Alliance that what you're buying is considered rainforest-safe. You can also purchase rainforest-safe products from the alliance's site. .Reduce your beef intake. Beef found in processed products and fast-food burgers is often linked to deforestation…In this photo I’m standing in front of a line of police officers ready to take action against protesters in front of the Embassy if Brazil in Lima, Peru.・・・#Repost @mrpatrickduffy

Ladies and Gentlemen – this is my Partner in Crime when it comes to fighting for the Earth. I am damn proud of him, for a damn good reason. Read what he wrote, see what he’s doing and be inspired. I promise you that his energy is infectious and you’ll be motivated to DO SOMETHING (and go to his original post to see the video footage) @mrpatrickduffy I love you more and more every day. Thank you for filling my heart and charging my soul. 🌳🌎🏻・・・Lima Peru: This is the new normal for everyone. What you once could ignore, you can’t anymore. Your SILENCE IS VIOLENCE! Standing in solidarity with the indigenous communities in Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Ecuador and Peru who are fighting for their rights to simply live and breathe. The terrible fires that are devastating the Amazon region are having extremely serious impacts on the population, ecosystems and biological diversity in said countries and soon the entire globe. The Amazon is the lungs of the earth and a vital life source for all living things. If President of Brazil, Bolsonaro, continues to encourage logging and farming for short term “economic gain”, not only will his short sightedness cause his own country to suffer by destroying irreplaceable ecosystems in Brazil but it will also create a massive distriuctive shift and push the globe into ecological devastation. Without the Amazon, we can’t live. It’s that simple. ..Here are some ways you can aid in protecting the rainforest:.Donate to Rainforest Action Network to protect an acre of the Amazonian rainforest.Donate to the Rainforest Trust to help buy land in the rainforest. Since 1988, the organization has saved over 23 million acres. .Reduce your paper and wood consumption. Double-check with Rainforest Alliance that what you're buying is considered rainforest-safe. You can also purchase rainforest-safe products from the alliance's site. .Reduce your beef intake. Beef found in processed products and fast-food burgers is often linked to deforestation…In this photo I’m standing in front of a line of police officers ready to take action against protesters in front of the Embassy if Brazil in Lima, Peru.・・・#Repost @mrpatrickduffy

It’s important to know why this fire is so devastating. This post sums it up very well:The fires in the Amazon aren’t just devastating for the local communities and the wildlife who inhabit the world’s largest rainforest — they’re also catastrophic for the entire planet. The Amazon has earned the nickname of “the lungs of the world” because of its essential role in not only providing 20 percent of all the world’s oxygen, but also absorbing carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. So as a record number of fires continue to burn in the Amazon — this year, there have been more than 72,000 fires, an increase of 83 percent from January to August of last year — we’re being forced to ask: What would the world look like without the Amazon?⁠⠀⁣⁠⠀⁣In addition to the loss of oxygen, the Amazon plays a crucial role in regulating the planet’s temperature — therefore slowing climate change — by absorbing carbon dioxide and lowering levels of greenhouse gases; if the rainforest were to disappear due to fire, drought, and deforestation, it would become a source for carbon dioxide instead of being a sink for it. ⁠⠀⁣⁠⠀⁣The Amazon Basin makes up 20 percent of the world’s fresh water supply, which is used by the people both to drink and live, and also as hydropower. The water in the Amazon also affects global weather, and if it were to dry up, the rainfall patterns all over the world would have significant effects on agriculture and life all over the planet. ⁠⠀⁣⁠⠀⁣The loss of the Amazon would also mean millions of people losing their home, along with more than 3 million species of plants and animals — many of which have yet to be cataloged. ⁠⠀⁣⁠⠀⁣You can help by donating to organizations like @RainforestAlliance and @AmazonWatch; reducing your consumption of meat, dairy, wood, paper, and palm oil; and making sure you’re making purchases that are rainforest-safe. ⁠Click the link in bio to learn more about what the world would look like without the Amazon, and to learn other ways to take action. . . . . #Repost @greenmatters ⁠

It’s important to know why this fire is so devastating. This post sums it up very well:The fires in the Amazon aren’t just devastating for the local communities and the wildlife who inhabit the world’s largest rainforest — they’re also catastrophic for the entire planet. The Amazon has earned the nickname of “the lungs of the world” because of its essential role in not only providing 20 percent of all the world’s oxygen, but also absorbing carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. So as a record number of fires continue to burn in the Amazon — this year, there have been more than 72,000 fires, an increase of 83 percent from January to August of last year — we’re being forced to ask: What would the world look like without the Amazon?⁠⠀⁣⁠⠀⁣In addition to the loss of oxygen, the Amazon plays a crucial role in regulating the planet’s temperature — therefore slowing climate change — by absorbing carbon dioxide and lowering levels of greenhouse gases; if the rainforest were to disappear due to fire, drought, and deforestation, it would become a source for carbon dioxide instead of being a sink for it. ⁠⠀⁣⁠⠀⁣The Amazon Basin makes up 20 percent of the world’s fresh water supply, which is used by the people both to drink and live, and also as hydropower. The water in the Amazon also affects global weather, and if it were to dry up, the rainfall patterns all over the world would have significant effects on agriculture and life all over the planet. ⁠⠀⁣⁠⠀⁣The loss of the Amazon would also mean millions of people losing their home, along with more than 3 million species of plants and animals — many of which have yet to be cataloged. ⁠⠀⁣⁠⠀⁣You can help by donating to organizations like @RainforestAlliance and @AmazonWatch; reducing your consumption of meat, dairy, wood, paper, and palm oil; and making sure you’re making purchases that are rainforest-safe. ⁠Click the link in bio to learn more about what the world would look like without the Amazon, and to learn other ways to take action. . . . . #Repost @greenmatters ⁠

TODAY in NYC || We gather today in Manhattan #nyc at Columbus Circle at 4:00PM, Thursday, to pay Black Rock and other companies responsible for the destruction of #amazonrainforest and Mother Earth  bring yourself and friends, voices and instruments, songs and rage — if it’s not us who resist and defend, it will be no one. Our lives depend on it 🏽 for queries on action contact @212ism || poster via Movimiento Migrante – Feminism Communitaro Antipatriarcal and Art by Artist @giovanamedeiros ….. ….. …..#Repost @decolonizethisplace

TODAY in NYC || We gather today in Manhattan #nyc at Columbus Circle at 4:00PM, Thursday, to pay Black Rock and other companies responsible for the destruction of #amazonrainforest and Mother Earth bring yourself and friends, voices and instruments, songs and rage — if it’s not us who resist and defend, it will be no one. Our lives depend on it 🏽 for queries on action contact @212ism || poster via Movimiento Migrante – Feminism Communitaro Antipatriarcal and Art by Artist @giovanamedeiros ….. ….. …..#Repost @decolonizethisplace