1. Appreciating nature.
When you have lived and visited the most beautiful places in the world and take the time to get to know the nature there, you can't help to want to protect it...and be moved by it.
|the Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole, WY (source)|
|Kauai, Hawaii (Source)|
Here is her book about her experience:
3. TreePeople. I was smart and lucky enough to work for this non-profit when I lived in Los Angeles. Andy Lipkis started it when he was only 15 years old, when trees were being killed by -- guess what -- smog. He had a vision to replace the trees....and build community at the same time. Today, forty-three years later, TreePeople is "planting the way" to greener, healthier cities everywhere.
|TreePeople park planting in LA (source)|
Here is a short list of the ones that have influenced me:
FLOW: For Love of Water
The End of Suburbia
Who Killed the Electric Car?
The 11th Hour
Dirt: The Movie
Wall-E (not a documentary, but a cartoon with a strong, smart, and very real message)
And here's an extremely thorough list that I stumbled upon: http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/films_for_action_presents_the_top_100_documentaries_inspiring_the_shift_to_a_sustainable_paradigm/
6. Anna Cummins and 5 Gyres. I met Anna when I was filming CarLess in LA. She and her husband are on the front lines when it comes to plastic, plastic, plastic, having personally been to sea to research. Check their mission out here: http://5gyres.org
7. Senor Enrique Penalosa. Another inspiration from my CarLess in LA days, he implemented bike lanes, parks, better public transportation, and car-free days in Bogota, Columbia, where he acted as mayor. His work has opened my mind to the importance of building cities for people rather than building cities for cars. Today, his message is worldwide.
So what is "Green" Feng Shui?
In other words, how does feng shui apply to our greater, collective "home," the planet Earth?
Bottom line: When you practice feng shui in your home, you are in the process of raising your vibration and consciousness. When your vibration and consciousness are at their peak, you are living in joy/peace, which is what we all are ultimately after.
Similarly, when we being to become more conscious of our actions affecting the Earth, we are in the process of raising our vibration/consciousness and moving towards greater joy and peace....
....even if we have to "endure" a bit of "inconvenience" in order to do so.
So yes, recycling, reusing, and reducing is good feng shui.
Driving less and turning off your lights is good feng shui.
Insulating your home is good feng shui.
Making a vow to never buy plastic water bottles ever again is good feng shui.
After all, what if the Earth is crying out to us? What if all the anxiety, depression, addiction, etc. that our society is prone to has a root cause: that we are freaking out because we subconsciously know that we are messing up? Could we all be blocking out her call by our busyness, our pill-popping, and our shopping? (Note: This theory inspired by a section in a book called Dream Tending by Dr. Stephen Aizenstat.)
There are many, many people who aren't satisfied blocking out her call, and they are leading the way in the ways of green. But the tipping point hasn't happened yet.
Plant a tree.
Buy at the farmer's market.
And spread the word.
It's our collective home, and it will take a collective effort. And it will be well, well worth it. I promise.