What am I doing differently because of YERT?

I received a question from a YERT supporter a while back, and decided to post my response to this blog– they asked: What am I doing differently because of YERT? Here’s my answer…

“And what have I done differently since the trip? Well, I shop locally and organic whenever possible (co-op), seeking out bulk foods as my primary source of calories (oats, beans, lentils in 25-50lb bags). Bulk foods are cheaper and generally more healthy, and make less garbage! I’m almost vegetarian, and trying to only allow myself to eat meat if it is locally grown without added pesticides or fertilizers. I also don’t touch bottled water. Silly stuff. And I use handkerchiefs chronically. I wash all my clothes in cold water all the time. I’m living with family to cut costs so that I can finish the film– but as a result I basically get to bask for free in the energy that my family would use anyway to heat their house. I compost and recycle just about everything that I can. I support local sustainability initiatives like the 3RiversBioneers conference and Transition Pittsburgh with my time and technical equipment/expertise. I don’t buy holiday gifts– I cook them or find them or create them from re-used materials, or I make a card.”

I’d love to know if you have done anything differently since first hearing about the YERT adventure. Add your comment below or write to me at mark@yert.com. Thanks!!

2 thoughts on “What am I doing differently because of YERT?

  1. How about cold showers? Have you tried composting your poop and pee ? I haven’t yet. I will spread the word about this site to get more people involved.

    Transition Pittsburgh sounds interesting, as does the 3 Rivers Bioneers event.

    I may end up making previewing events a key part of my work as a reporter.

  2. I like the idea of tying pop culture and entertainment with environmentalism (and social justice for that matter). If people are filled with a sense of gloom and doom and no longer can have fun, many, if not all of us, will burn out and tune out.

    But it’s a tight-rope walk. We don’t want to try so hard to have a feel-good message that we end up over-simplifying our eco problems and possible solutions.

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