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.
Whenever we speak, my brother John talks excitedly about the solar energy industry, so I asked him to write a guest post for me about some of the change he's seeing on the horizon through his new job in the field. Renewable energy is happening, y'all!
Aquaculture (fish farming) has grown as a result of, and potentially a solution to the overfishing of wild fish populations. Around 50% of the fish we consume is now farmed. But is fish farming safe for the environment? Is it good for our health?
I now have half a decade of bike commuting under my belt, but there are a few things I've figured out over the years that I wish someone had explained to me when I first began. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to cycling, and a lot of options when it comes to gear and clothing, but for today I’ll just talk about the most essential element of bike commuting: the bicycle itself.
So you've decided that you want to start transforming your lifestyle. You want less clutter, less waste, and more beauty in your day-to-day. You feel awesome for having arrived at this decision, and excited to begin. But you're also overwhelmed by the amount of work and conscious effort it's going to take to achieve it. Where do you even start?
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.
It takes 660 gallons of water just to produce enough beef to make 1 burger.