15 carbon-friendly ways to be cool


This blog post was inspired by the increase in heat we have been experiencing recently.  Scientists believe that rising temperatures are caused by greenhouse gases trapped in the atmosphere.

National Geographic writes:  “Most come from the combustion of fossil fuels in cars, factories and electricity production. The gas responsible for the most warming is carbon dioxide, also called CO2.”

It can be easy to forget about our environment in our modern hurries of life.    This list of strategies is a friendly reminder of ways we can reduce our carbon footprint and be cool during this heat.

15 carbon-friendly ways to be cool

1.  Open windows and use fans.

2.  Take cold shower.  Wash face and neck with cold water and peppermint hemp castille soap.

3.  Drink ice water.

4.  Make a watermelon slushie.

5.  Place an ice pack on your neck or shoulder blades.

6.  Eat cooling foods such as raw cucumbers, spinach, kale, arugula, apples, peaches.

7.  Go for a swim.  Jump in the ocean.

8.  Visit public places with air conditioning such as malls, movie theatres, restaurants, museums, churches, etc.

9.  Stay out of the sun.  Park your car or hang out under a shade.

10.  Wear light colors.

11.  Wear shorts and flip flops.  If you work from home, wear a bathing suit.  Wear cold socks.

12.  Turn off hot lights.  Hang clothes outside to dry, especially large sheets, towels, jeans, shirts.

13.  Move slow.

14.  Plant a tree, bush, shrub or trellis to help absorb the sun’s energy.

15.  Meditate.

Bonus! I thought of another one.

16. Cooling yoga postures cool down body temperature. My Iyengar teacher Ann explains that any front opening poses, such as reclining cross leg, reclining lotus, reclining hero, reclining big toe, and reclining bound angle poses, help release heat that collects in the groins and armpits. “Open your armpits by taking your arms over your head in any of the above reclining poses. Also, the supported supine poses open the organic body up, encouraging the blood flow, which again helps to cool the system.”