Living in the Infinite

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Good Morning Everyone!

This is an important post to me because I would like to share two things…

First, an interview done by one of my favorite authors Simon Sinek… His discussion about the Infinite Possibilities and shifting our way of thinking in business and in leading teams… I will let him explain more, and you will see the great examples he makes for his arguments..

“People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe” 
― Simon Sinek, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Secondly, I want you to know how Powerful you Truly are. Read the whole post. Focus, and find a quiet place to think.

What I have to say is Valuable information for You.

In moments of transformation, we can inspire others.

"The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life." - William Morris

What if I told you

Written by: Isabella Uribe

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All you have is this moment.

 




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What if I told you,

You only have right now

  • Would you spend your time right now differently?

  • Would you look at people in a different way? 

  • Would you think about yourself in a different way?

  • Would you even think of your self image?

Would you focus on what really matters to you? 

  • Maybe you would make that phone call or visit someone you’ve been avoiding…

  • Maybe you would go to that country you have been DYING to visit…

  • Maybe you would spend that extra hour sitting at the table with your loved one…

  • Would you spend an extra hour with your team?

  • Maybe you would go to the dog shelter and hug a few dogs

  • Maybe make a call to your grandparents just to say Thank you

What would You Do?

This isn’t a negative question, on the contrary! This is a question of Opportunity. A question of Urgency.

You get to live the life You envision.

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“What if?”, and “What would you do?” are huge questions that I always ask myself as a point of reflection.

There was a quote I was told as I was growing up.. If this situation isn’t going to matter in 5 years, why spend 5 minutes of your life on it? Reflection is a great tool and becoming aware of our patterns, and can support our journey to becoming better beings.

How can you become a better?

Get feedback. What are the limits you are setting for yourself? What is the image you are creating of your self? Are you being pictured as the perfectionist? The procrastinator? The micro manager?

This is my drive.

To inspire having an awareness Of this precise moment.

If You are spending your precious time to read this…

I hope for one second

You can see how valuable

Every second you have is.

We are not victims of our situation. We are the architects of it.
— Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
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Ritually provides insights on what you can try,

RIGHT NOW,

in your daily life.

Whether it is a traditional Japanese tea ritual, to a simple mindful walk in your closest park. 

I am here support you on your journey, towards a Daily Practice, and to inspire Self Love, and Mind Expansion.

There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.

Very few people or companies can clearly articulate WHY they do WHAT they do. By WHY I mean your purpose, cause or belief

  • WHY does your company exist?

  • WHY do you get out of bed every morning?

  • WHY should anyone care?

People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it.

”We are drawn to leaders and organizations that are good at communicating what they believe. Their ability to make us feel like we belong, to make us feel special, safe and not alone is part of what gives them the ability to inspire us. For values or guiding principles to be truly effective they have to be verbs. It’s not “integrity,” it’s “always do the right thing.” It’s not “innovation,” it’s “look at the problem from a different angle.” Articulating our values as verbs gives us a clear idea - we have a clear idea of how to act in any situation. Happy employees ensure happy customers. And happy customers ensure happy shareholders—in that order. Leading is not the same as being the leader. Being the leader means you hold the highest rank, either by earning it, good fortune or navigating internal politics. Leading, however, means that others willingly follow you—not because they have to, not because they are paid to, but because they want to.” - Simon Sinek

You don’t hire for skills, you hire for attitude. You can always teach skills.

Reading through his book, I realize that over all the skills that I will learn, there must first be a vision and goal that I work towards.. I can lean more about sound healing, I can go to a yoga training, become a Reiki master… you know what I mean….

Before all else… with Ritually… My promise to you… Yes, you,

I am committed to Always share with you the open and infinite view on loving and taking care of the first person you need to look for, Yourself.

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This is not a selfish act,

this is reality.

If you are balanced in your being,

then you can support and grow,

your dreamS,

your passions,

and your community.

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Have a great week, sending positive energy to you this week, and hope this created reflection in your life today!

Skin Care Revolution

Hallo Zusammen!

Hope you are having a great self care weekend. Getting ready for this new week!

Today I want to discuss the great Skin Care Industry. Yearly making over 52 billion dollars… and expected to grow 2-3% annually… Not necessarily in growing products, but instead in the ingredients inside of traditional brands like Loreal and Estee Lauder.

IBIS Reports wrote, “The growth of social media and e-commerce has enabled many individual professionals to seek industry services to develop their personal brands. Celebrities and influencers often leverage their social media followings to sell their products and build their brands. California-based manufacturer, Seed Beauty, works with many of these individuals to grow their brands and offers more speed than other manufacturers, enabling brands to adapt to changing consumer preferences and set trends. Well-known brands such as Kylie Jenner’s company, Kylie Cosmetics, and ColourPop Cosmetics have worked with Seed Beauty to create eye-catching products that are popular to display on social media. These brands are also more focused on using social media collaborations, direct-to-consumer sales and e-commerce compared with larger industry operators that cannot manufacture new products as fluidly or as rapidly. A large reason for the speed at which some industry operators can manufacture is due to the vertical integration of the manufacturing and business processes, enabling companies to quickly identify consumer preferences and translate those preferences into new products.”

As you have probably seen, we are going through big shifts in the skin care industry this 2019. We are also quite influenced by celebrities. Who are you following on Instagram? Are they certified in cosmetics and dermatology? Where are you getting your information from?

This is a quite interesting topic, because many of us read an article and quickly make a judgment.. This is why I like Youtubers like, Abbey Sharp which go into depth about different celebrity diets… Sharp looks into their nutritional break down, and if they are balanced… Some of you may be surprised!

Not only do we have the internet giving us a high dosage of information, but also our culture… Depending on where you live… food, cleaning, and self care traditions may differ… Now that I have been living in Germany for almost a half year now, it’s quite interesting to see the comparison between Germany, Chile, and the United States. If you are interested in hearing my perspective on this write a comment below… Maybe I can write a post further on this.

In the United States, there has been a huge growth in natural ingredient, vegan, animal cruelty free skin care products… and something I find truly interesting… the Services of skin care... No longer is there just the traditional Facial, Massage, Manicure Pedicure… Now we have Microdermabrasion sessions, Thai Massages, Acupuncture, Flotation Baths, and so much more… Companies like FaceGym in New York aren’t only creating their own products, but they are showing a whole new perspective on facial care. Ever thought you needed a face workout? Now you have one. Another great example I have seen is Herbivore, creating all products with natural oils, while also being waste conscious.

Skin Care is the new Self care, and our community has a great opportunity here.

Let’s continue getting further into the basics…

What are you putting on your skin, ingesting, inhaling?

Do you know what you are surrounding yourself wiTh?

If you have ever taken the time to look at the particles we need to avoid, you would realize the majority of the hair and skin products in your cabinets are bad for you.. Want to know why? They are not Natural. Products have become so complex tp the point that we can’t recognize our own products anymore.

Better Ingredients, Better Pizza... It’s not a slogan. It’s a way of life.
— John Schnatter
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HOME CLeaning

Do you remember the days when people used to clean their floors with vinegar? Or clean ovens with simple ingredients like baking soda? When did we shift to ingredients that harm our environment… and ourselves? Do you realize you are paying absurd amounts of money yearly for products that you can buy in bulk for a maximum of $25 dollars annually?

Wellness Mama made a great list which I highly recommend saving and printing somewhere in your home,

Natural Cleaning Ingredients

Switching to homemade DIY cleaners might sound like a lot more work, but it’s actually quite simple. The ingredients are easy to come by and last a long time.

The natural cleaning ingredients I always keep on hand are:

Easy Natural Cleaning Recipes for Beginners

Here are a few easy and inexpensive natural cleaning recipes to get started around the house:

  • Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner – Four ingredients and thirty seconds to mix it up is all it takes! Customize the scent with essential oils.

  • Glass Cleaner – No need for that bright blue, highly scented stuff … vinegar + water cuts through dirt and leaves glass streak-free.

  • Tile Grout Cleaner – Mix 1 part water and 3 parts baking soda mixed into a paste. Apply to grout and let sit, scrub with toothbrush, remove with sponge.

  • Cookware – Use sea salt or coarse salt mixed with a little lemon juice and scrub. Also, try baking soda and water made into a paste. This also works well on stained tea cups or coffee mugs, and even the cutting board.

  • Fabric Softener – Mix 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water together. Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup to the final rinse cycle.

  • Toilet Cleaner – Use undiluted white vinegar, pour around the top of the toilet bowl, scrub until clean.

  • Wood Dusting Spray – Banish dust and nourish wood at the same time.

What could be easier?! If you want to read further, click here.

SKIN & Hair

How is your hair looking right now? Is it healthy, thick, and shiny? How about your skin? Clear of breakouts? Are you still figuring out why you are having those random blackheads on your forehead? I’m not a pro, but I can definitely say, the majority of it is coming from the foundation… What is your environment?

Some questions I think could be great for reflection,

What soaps are you using? What towels are you using? How is the quality of the water where you live?

What pillow are you sleeping on? Are you getting enough rest? How often do you wash your sheets?

What are you using to clean your sink, showers, floors? Do you walk barefoot at home?

What makeup are you using? Have you seen the ingredients in the back? Can you pronounce them?

THE FAMOUS A WORD

Alcohol can benefit some of us looking for killing acne causing bacteria, or degreasing the skin, but research also shows that using these products may in the end cause more irritation and dryness, which in turn will create a harder battle in the long term. “The irony of using alcohol-based treatments is that the damage they cause leads to an increase of acne-causing bacteria, and makes inflammation worse, the consequence of which are red marks that stay around for much longer than they would otherwise. For those with oily skin, alcohol can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, so the immediate de-greasing effect is eventually counteracted by oily skin producing even more oil!” - Paula’s Choice

This research demonstrates the connection between free-radical damage to skin cells and alcohol exposure. Interestingly, this is exceptionally similar to the free-radical damage that results from excessive consumption of alcohol in the short and long term.

 Companies are now pushing to be different.. Too survive and grow in this new generation they are needing to be based in natural ingredients and contain plant-based food-grade cold-pressed oils, steam distilled therapeutic-grade essential oils, GMO free soy wax, recyclable and reusable packaging, many certified organic ingredients.

Here is a list of chemical ingredients you might find in your products (Shampoos, Washes, Night Creams, Serums, Leave-in’s, Shaving Creams), thanks to Dr. Robert Dorin:

  • Ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate. Look for a shampoo that does not contain these ingredients, as they are harsh detergents.  

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), another harsh detergent, is the agent in many shampoos that causes that foaming lather we often see in hair commercials. 

  • What you don’t know is that exposing your hair to this chemical actually destroys it in the long run, stripping it of essential oils it needs to stay healthy, breaking down protein and halting healthy hair growth. Products containing SLS have a cleaning power that is overwhelming, stripping the hair. 

  • Sodium Chloride. Better known as table salt, sodium chloride is used as a thickener in shampoos and conditioners containing sodium lauryl sulfate. Sodium chloride may also cause dry and itchy scalp in addition to hair loss. Also, this should be avoided in people who have keratin treatments, as it undoes the benefit faster.

  • Polyethelyne Glycol. Also called PEG/Polyethelyne or Polyoxyethelyne, this ingredient is included in shampoos as a thickening agent. It strips hair and skin of their natural moisture.  

  • Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA). Products containing DEA or TEA can cause scalp irritation and bad allergic reactions, and they also destroy all the good stuff in your hair (such as keratin), making your hair dry, brittle, and lifeless.

  • Parabens. Used to prolong shelf life of an average hair-care product, parabens like methylparaben and propylparaben are chemicals that are known for their toxic nature. Parabens not only irritate the skin—which can make your scalp unhealthy—they can also affect your hormonal balance, which can result in hair loss. 

  • Formaldehyde. Excessive exposure to formaldehyde, which is found in some shampoos, may cause some hair loss.

  • Alcohol. Almost all hair-care products contain some form of alcohol, which can dry your hair out if it is in high concentrations. Stay clear of shampoos with alcohol listed as one of the first four ingredients, as this means that there is more [than usual] in the product.

  • Synthetic Fragrance or Parfum. This usually represents a complex mixture of dozens of chemicals. Some 3,000 chemicals are used in just one fragrance. Many fragrances are irritants and can cause the scalp to become irritated.

  • Synthetic Colors. Artificial colors are used widely in hair-care products for aesthetic purposes. These ingredients frequently appear as FD&C or D&C followed by a color and a number. Color pigments may cause skin sensitivity along with scalp irritation.

  • Propylene Glycol. Also known as the antifreeze you put in your car, propylene glycol is a common ingredient in shampoos and other personal care products to keep the product from freezing during shipping and storage. It can irritate skin, causing allergic reactions, and it alters skin structure. 

  • Lanolin, Petroleum, and Mineral Oil. These ingredients are widely used in greases and pomades formulated for ethnic hair and offer no real moisturizing benefits. These ingredients actually weigh the hair down and prevent the natural oils produced by the scalp from being absorbed by the hair shaft. 

  • Dimethicone. Dimethicone is a synthetic polymer and a form of silicone with two methyl groups attached (hence the name Di-methicone). It is usually used as a surface sealant in skin and hair products to coat surfaces in order to seal in moisture and act as a smoothing, texturizing additive. 

WHAT DO I GET TO LOOK FOR?

  • Coconut Oil: If you’re looking for an ingredient that guarantees strength, shine and helps lock in moisture, stock up on coconut oil.

  • Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is one of the core ingredients of organic hair care. It promotes growth, strength, and is known to help treat scalp problems. Mix a bit of aloe vera with your shampoo or conditioner for an extra boost of organic moisture.

  • Jojoba Oil: Jojoba oil is another essential that helps provide your hair with natural shine. It’s also a great moisturizer, and it is known to improve scalp health.

  • Chamomile Extract – This one promotes overall hair health, and is great for sealing in color, plus keeping hair soft.

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GENERAL ENVIRONMENT

There was a great article written by Britta Aragon where she goes over a number of chemicals we encounter in our everyday lives… they can act like hormones in our body, throwing our own natural hormone function out of whack. Here are just a few:

  • Bisphenol-A (BPA), found in plastics and in the lining of canned goods.

  • Triclosan, found in antibacterial soaps and other products.

  • Parabens, popular preservatives used in personal care products.

  • Phthalates, plasticizers found in hair spray, nail polish, plastic food containers, and vinyl.

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate, a harsh cleanser found in many personal care products.

  • Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), like Teflon, Gore-Tex (I’m a sailor, so this one is complex… Read this article to learn more about , and other stain-resistant products.

  • Dioxin, a byproduct formed during the manufacturing process of many personal care products.

  • Fire retardants, found in foam furniture (like couches), carpet padding, and house dust.

  • Arsenic, a toxin lurking in some food and drinking water.

  • Mercury, a toxic metal found in some fish.

  • Pesticides, used widely in farming as well as in home gardens and lawns.

Questions to Reflect:

  1. Are you looking at where you get your produce? Are you washing them correctly?

  2. What are you using for food storage or even body care products? Glass? Plastic?




What else can you do in your daily life? Are there any other areas you may need to look into?




These are just a few things that I am learning and observing, and maybe they can support you as well. That’s what I am here for.

Hope you liked my post! If you did, please give it a Thumbs Up! Or a comment below! If you have any questions, send me an email, would love to support you in your journey to growing your self care, and sustainability.

 

References

 

Dr. Dorin, https://www.theepochtimes.com/shampoo-ingredients-you-want-to-avoid_616834.html





Earth Day/Week

Holaaaaa, Buenos Dias, Happy Earth Awareness Week

I love this planet, as some of you may know…. And I thought it was important that I share something for our Beautiful Home.

Agenda

In this post I am going to cover:

  • Ritually Eco Tips: What can you do right now to improve your footprint at Home? What can you do to offset all of your Travel?

  • The #EarthMyCathedral Project

 
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How to be more eco-friendly when food shopping

Ditch the plastic. We all know it's bad, yet we continue to load our shopping trollies up with the stuff during every weekly shop. It's time to stop. Next time you're at the supermarket, pick loose produce wherever possible and don't bother with a plastic bag at all.

Take the Train

Some days it's nice to sit back and journal, maybe even listen to an e-book. My commute to work is around 45 minutes long, and to some that might sound dreadful, but for me it is great for decompressing and getting myself organized for the day.

Turn off your electronics (unplug your devices from the outlets)

Turning off your computer and unplugging your phone is all well and good, but if they're still plugged in at the sockets, electricity will continue to travel along the wires. Turn your electrics off at the wall to prevent them from using juice when they're not in use. Turning your heating down by just 1°C could save you an incredible £85 a year! Now that's definitely worth doing.

Are straws bad for the environment

Do you really need one? Single-use straws are extremely bad for the environment. If you want to be more eco-friendly when sipping on your favorite drink, opt for a metal or paper straw. If you are needing one though… There are many alternatives, like Sunshine Straws , check them out! Awesome friend in St. Pete promoting the shift towards reusable, and moving from single use plastics.

Second hand Shopping

Second hand… I know what some of you may be thinking, but seriously there is so much opportunity in this market… and once you've tried them, you'll be hooked. Not only are they an extremely cheap way of kitting yourself out, but they save perfectly good clothes from going to waste. Benefits for you, and our lovely planet!

Is the dishwasher environmentally friendly?

Now, this is surprising! Now this one's a welcome surprise - turns out the dishwasher is actually more environmentally friendly than washing dishes by hand - who'd have thought it?! Just make sure it's FULL before you put it on.

Shorten your time in the shower.

How long is your average shower? Five minutes? If you feel like you can’t decrease it any more than you already have, can you turn it off while scrubbing or shampooing your hair? Do you need it on during those 3-4 minutes moisturizing with conditioner? How about brushing your teeth? Is the water on while you are you are Scrubaaa duba dubbing? Just turn it off!

Air dry your hair to save electricity

I actually need to get better at this… Biggest issue is my hair is super long, so it takes FOREVER. to dry (any tips? Would love advice!) Air-drying is not only better for the environment, but better for your hair too. The heat drys out your hair and leaves it looking frazzled and split over time.

Do you like to walk? BIKE?

Have you checked your step count recently? Many doctors recommend walking over 10,000 steps daily.. It is a simple way to stay active and take care of our environment. Especially if you are working indoors or needing a breather, this can be great for you mentally and physically.

Fun Fact: Cycling 10 km each way to work would save 1500 kg of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Enjoy Meat Free Mondays

Healthy and delicious!

Are you familiar with Meat Free Monday? This was an initiative set up to encourage people to eat less meat and reduce the impact of the livestock industry on the environment.

It's an easy way to do your bit each week, whilst also practicing your cooking skills and trying some new flavours! Have a look at our amazing Meat Free Monday recipes for some inspiration.

Start Composting

it isn't just good for the environment, but your garden too. It saves water, reduces waste and gives your plants and flowers a nutritional boost.

Print on both sides - Reducing your carbon footprint doesn't have to be all about big changes. Small things, like printing on both sides of the paper, will all help to reduce your resource-usage.Meal planning

Planning makes things MUCH easier! If you don't meal plan already, it's time you started. Meal planning is worth doing for convenience alone, but if you add to that the money you'll save, and the reduction in waste. Think of all the single use plates, styrofoam containers, plastic forks, plastic

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Is natural cleaning better for the environment?

Have you seen or heard of the natural ingredients that you can use to clean your home? Do you know how much you can save by shifting to natural ingredients like Vinegar and Baking Soda?

Want some inspiration? Here’s an infographic which

Bring your own cup

Do you like tea or coffee? Do you enjoy going to cafe’s? This is something I have gotten out of the habit of doing, and need to remember for next time. A quick and easy way is to pack your own coffee cup, or even easier, a Mason Jar… multi uses… left over food from a restaurant? Water? Check out these five ideas from Terumah. Not only will you reduce your carbon footprint, but many places offer discounts when you do!

TAKE A CANVAS BAG WITH YOU

Think of how many plastic bags you have used in your life… How many grocery visits you’ve made and used at least 1 or two bags… A quick change it to have a canvas bag or reusable bag with you.

Use eco-friendly lighting

This is simple, saves money, and can make a huge difference. I am making a vow that every bulb that I purchase will be an environmentally friendly alternative.

Don't just recycle, recycle well!

Already recycle? Great stuff! That said, if you're not recycling properly it could ruin all your efforts. Do you know where and how your recycling is being processed? Or are you just the type to put the plastics, paper, and whatever you think should be recyclable in the bin? If you have a few minutes, see how your community is processing its recycling centers and see if you are properly filling up your containers.

Wash on 30°C or lower

Did you know, most detergents now are so powerful that you really needn't wash any higher than 30°C, especially for clothes-washes.

Wash at 30° and use around 40% less electricity than washing at 60°C.

Go to the market

You'll save SO much plastic at the market. Skip the supermarket! Alternatives are showing up in cities now for Bulk buying options and Zero Waste shopping… Make the time to check them out! You may like them! I just found one in my new town, and I love it! Slowly but surely I will be 100% moved over to this market. If you aren’t convinced, think of this…. The average item of fresh food travels an incredible 1,500 miles to get to our dinner table. Shopping locally, at Farmer's Markets or local Greengrocer's, is a much more environmentally friendly way of shopping. Not to mention how much better it will taste!

How are you going to make a shift in your daily habits? How could you make an impact right now?

What if I have a lot of plastic at home? USE IT.

Zero-Waste Nerd wrote a great example: For instance…

  • I still use plastic containers to store pet supplies, toiletries and organize nuts and bolts and more.

  • I still use a plastic toothbrush for cleaning grout.

  • I still use a plastic hairbrush – I’ve lost a few teeth but that bad boy is still operable.

  • I still use a few freezer bags from before I went zero waste that I just wash out and reuse.

  • I still use a plastic mopping bucket.

  • I use reusable plastic plates, cups, and utensils for camping 

I hope all of this information gives you some action points that you can try at home, or be more aware of… If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask me through email! I am here to support!

our powerful community rebuilding Notre DAME,

I am more and more impressed and proud when I see how our community really is shifting from growing big to growing in quality and protecting our culture and memories. How much we care for our structures, and our history.. I am grateful to be alive during this time, and to be a part of this movement. I made a post last week which stemmed from what occurred in Paris, if you haven’t seen it yet, click here.

Thanks to my friend @julianpsjohnson for the passionate words and inspiration.

How powerful we can be when suitably motivated.

A beautiful, culturally emblematic building of worship was partially destroyed, invoking heartfelt, global sympathy and action. Within 24 hours our species committed in excess of €600m to repair this one building, with the leader of France pledging to immediately rebuild, no questions asked. Bravo to heeding the rallying cry, to action.

On that same day, 80,000 acres of tropical rainforest, an area 3.5 times the size of Paris, was lost to the world...along with 135 plant, animal and insect species, forever. That day. And yesterday, and today, and tomorrow. Just in our rainforests.

Rally my friends. You're so powerful.

Want to do something but don't know how? Pledge money to the organisations fighting for our rainforests, the money that we were compelled to help rebuild a cathedral, to save OUR cathedral, Cathedral Earth, this most spiritual and transcendent of all experiences.

Save Your Rainforest - https://standfortrees.org/en/protect-a-forest/amazon-forest-protection-project

#EarthMyCathedral #ClimateCrisis #GreenPeace #ExtinctionRebellion @standfortrees @extinctionrebellion @seedballskenya