A SUSTAINABLE MIND: BE MINDFUL, BE COMMITTED, BE KIND

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[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/6264610/height/90/theme/custom/autoplay/no/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/3f1520/” height=”90″ width=”100%” placement=”top” theme=”custom”]Marjorie Alexander lives in L.A. and created A Sustainable Mind during her graduate program two years ago. A Sustainable Mind is her podcast channel where she educates people of all levels and backgrounds on current environmental topics and eco-friendly changes people can make to help lessen their carbon footprints. Her mission is to inspire others to be greener and make the world a better place.

In the past, Marjorie worked as an environmental media producer and water resources analyst. She was involved in the film industry but left this field to find a career path that was better aligned with her environmentally-supportive values. After removing herself from the film industry, she attended Green Mountain College and received her Masters of Science in Environmental Studies.

The Take-Aways:

  • Nothing is set in stone. If you’re in a career that doesn’t align with your values, take a step back and re-evaluate. There’s always time to choose a new path.
  • The focus of A Sustainable Mind, Marjorie’s podcast channel, is to provide accessible information about environmental topics that everyone can understand, regardless of educational backgrounds, age, or career path.
  • If you want to make a lifestyle change that has a large impact on the planet, cut your meat consumption! Whether that means cutting it in half, transitioning to vegetarianism, or full-vegan, decreasing meat consumption is an extremely effective way to reduce your carbon footprint
  • Going green takes time, energy, and finances. So be patient, be committed, and be kind to yourself and others.

A Sustainable Mind was created after Marjorie noticed a huge gap of environmental content in podcasts that were targeted at the general public. Most podcasts about these issues were filled with scientific jargon and were difficult to understand. So, Marjorie stepped into action and created her own podcast channel to bridge this gap. Her goal was to bring everyday people onto the show to share their stories to create content for people who wanted to transition to a greener lifestyle but feel unsure about what steps they need to take. She’s overwhelmed with the positive feedback from her listeners and is excited to have reached her business goals in such a short amount of time.

Living in L.A., Marjorie discussed the challenges of living in a big city and transitioning to a green lifestyle. She stated that it’s easier to go green in L.A. if you have the finances to do so, and unfortunately, living a green lifestyle is not accessible to everyone living in such tight quarters. This was another reason for her to continue A Sustainable Mind after graduate school. She wanted her content to be accessible, understandable, and available to everyone regardless of where they live or their education level because, in order to able to apply concepts to everyday life, a person must be able to understand the general concepts first.

She admitted that though she focuses on living sustainably, she feels that she could improve in some areas. She eventually wants to be driving an electric vehicle, implement a composting system at her house, but her biggest goal is to transition to a vegetarian, and someday vegan, dietary lifestyle.

Her advice to others making sustainable lifestyle changes is to focus on the amount of meat consumed each day. Even just cutting meat consumption in half can have huge positive implications for the planet, and she encourages everyone who’s serious about decreasing their carbon footprint to be mindful of the energy and resources necessary to raise the meat products they’re consuming.

The future of the planet is in our hands, and she believes that the most important thing for all of us to focus on is being mindful. Going green takes time, preparation, commitment, and confidence to stand up for what you truly believe in.

“Be kind to yourself. But be committed. It’s going to take a long time, it’s going to be uncomfortable. But at the end of the day, we can win if we embark on this journey together. To be kind to yourself and be kind to each other.”

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