5 things a naturist can do to help the environment
Never before did I get so close to Nature; never before did she come so close to me… Nature was naked, and I was also… Sweet, sane, still Nakedness in Nature! – ah if poor, sick, prurient humanity in cities might really know you once more! Is not nakedness indecent? No, not inherently. It is your thought, your sophistication, your fear, your respectability, that is indecent. There come moods when these clothes of ours are not only too irksome to wear, but are themselves indecent.
Walt Whitman, A Sun-bathed Nakedness
This is a part of an ongoing series of posts in our putting the nature back in naturism series.
Climate change is a big topic around the world today. This week the United Nations is hosting a climate change summit. Environmental activist Greta Thunburg traveled across the Atlantic in a boat to attend and keep her carbon footprint small. Extreme weather has become a norm and many beloved beaches seem to be at risk.
The topic found its way into the naturist twittersphere by way of one of Britain’s best know naturist a woman who goes by the twitter handle LadyGodivaLDN. She suggests being an naturist is more than just loving the feeling of being clothes free. Naturism involves a love for nature and the environment as well. It has sparked a rich conversation and inspired this post. See the original tweet below and follow see the full thread.
I’ve always believed that to be a naturist, you not only need to love the feeling of being nude but also love & respect the nature itself. I might not be Greta but I have changed my ways in the past 10 years. How have you changed in support of helping the nature?
— ladygodivaLondon (@LadygodivaLDN) September 22, 2019
While some want to limit naturism to getting naked on vacation. I believe Lady Godiva is correct. Naturism has always been being ecologically minded. In fact naturist historian and advocate Marc Alain Descamp suggests naturism is precursor to the modern day ecology movement. 1)NATURISM AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION The International Naturist Federation’s definition of naturism leads with being in harmony with nature and ends with respect for the environment .
… a way of life in harmony with nature, characterized by the practice of communal nudity, with the intention of encouraging respect for oneself, respect for others and for the environment. 1)
Going green is adding things to your everyday life and routine that help to reduce pollution and reduce energy consumption. As a naturist you should already wear less clothing which decreases some of your energy footprint. Some laundry detergents have micro pellets in them that end up in the water system through waste water polluting wild life. Only do laundry when absolutely necessary and use detergents that don’t include such pollutants. There are a few other ways to reduce your electricity consumption.
- Air dry laundry when possible instead of using a dryer.
- Replace regular light bulbs with LED alternative which last longer and use less energy.
- Use a programmable thermostat for home heating.
- During winter season use a portable heater to heat one room at a time instead the whole house. Alternately have blankets in each room to cover for warmth or just add a light layer.
- If you can afford it make energy efficient upgrades to your home. Like a on demand water heater or solar panels.
Eat less meat and processed foods
This is a challenge for some because of established social habits. However, large scale industrial meat production and the production of processed food is a major contributor to both energy consumption and green house gases. This doesn’t mean every naturist should stop eating meat completely. Consider eliminating meat from your diet one day a week. Join the meatless Monday movement. Seek out recipes for some of your favorites dishes, you might be surprised how much good stuff is out there. Consuming less meat and processed foods not only helps the environment it is also more healthy. Healthy eating was an important part of the early modern naturist movement.
Reduce your carbon footprint
Fly less, drive less, ride more. Carbon emissions from fossil fuels account for a large percentage of green house gases that pollute the atmosphere and warm the planet contributing to climate change. The impact of climate change on the environment includes the melting of the polar ice caps and glaciers. This in turn causes a rise is sea levels which erodes beaches and coastal areas that naturist like to enjoy. Here are a few suggestions for reducing your carbon footprint
- If you fly frequently for business consider doing some of your meetings by Skype or teleconference instead. If you most travel to meeting consider using alternative options like traveling by rail.
- Driving less can be accomplished by taking advantage of mass transit options where available. Use ride shares or a per use car rental. Consider purchasing a hybrid vehicle for your necessary driving.
- Riding a bicycle when possible is another way to cut down your carbon footprint. WNBR rides promote safer streets for cyclists and less fossil fuel use.
Participate in a World Naked Bike Ride
Be as bare as you dare and show your public support for reducing fossil fuels by participating in a local WNBR. WNBR isn’t a naturist event though many naturists and naturist organizations have adopted the events. It is a global protest ride for reducing our use of fossil fuels and promoting safer streets for cycling. Some people are drawn to WNBR participation because of the opportunity to be publicly naked. Other naturists participate to join the call for using cleaner fuel and people powered transportation. Those things reduce green house gases and helps the environment. If there isn’t a WNBR in your area, consider organizing an protest with the help of the WNBR folks. WNBR events are a great way to connect with a broader community of people advocating for the environment. WNBR after parties are notoriously fun too.
Participate in a beach/woodland cleanup
Something great to do with a group of naturists from your club or who are likeminded is a beach clean-up. This not only good for the environment but shows the mainstream society society that naturists aren’t just users of natural resources. Several naturist groups do beach clean-ups. Other groups do adopt a highway cleanups. Either one is a good way to not only help the environment but also connect with groups that are like-minded.
These are only a few ways that naturists can help the environment and put the nature back in naturism. Bare your thoughts in the comments and share your ideas.
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