5 reasons to take an active stand against climate change

An ‘active stand’ or ‘personal responsibility’ can be defined as taking responsibility for your own actions, in other words, it’s being able to take care of one’s well-being without blaming or expecting others to do it for you with regards to not only your own life, but also the faith of the planet. This is especially important when it comes to making the right lifestyle choices required to mitigate climate change. If each one of us makes even a tiny change in our own lives, the impact could be highly significant in the near future. In this article, I’m going to outline what the effect of doing nothing could have for the survival of our species and how we can go about trying to fix this. It all starts with understanding the impact our actions have on the planet.

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10 Awesome things to do in Mysore city!

Mysore is a city in South India that is famous for a number of things. Although for Indians, Mysore is known for being royal, it is also known for four things to tourists: silk, incense, yoga, and Ayurveda. It is also famous for its tree-lined avenues and the fragrance of fresh jasmine in the air. Mysore sandal soap is one of the best ones out there and you also have to try some of the delicious Mysore Pak. This Indian sweet is usually made out of clarified butter (ghee) but you can also find some vegan versions (which are usually cheaper!) that are made with vegetable fat (dalda) instead. So let’s jump into our list and discover some of the most fun things to do in Mysuru!

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Smartmotion e-bikes - How to use them properly

I had the chance to extensively test the Smartmotion x-city and e-city during my time in Vietnam and rode over 1000km on the e-city in the span of one month. The build quality of the bikes is amazing and the motor is powerful and responsive. It's easy to ride this bike in heavy traffic and the throttle response and breaking is excellent. Changing the level of pedal assist is intuitive and the bike glides along smoothly without any sudden jerks. The tires are high quality and the inclusion of regular mountain bike shifters make it very easy to keep a steady cadence.

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3 reasons why it is so hard to find good vegan ice cream

Getting vegan ice cream right can be a surprisingly hard task. While vegan ‘nice cream’ (frozen bananas blended with chocolate) is good on occasion, it never really matches up to the kind of ice cream we are used to. Ice cream isn’t something that we want to give up on when we go vegan and it’s a bit surprising that despite all the progress being put into creating great vegan foods that are indistinguishable from their non-vegan counterparts, somehow vegan ice creams seem to be lagging behind.

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Holistic education in India

There is a school high up in the Himalayas that is probably the best school in India. The school is called ‘Space for Nurturing Creativity’ also known in the local community as ‘Shyamavan’. It is located 30km away from the holy pilgrimage site of Kedarnath in Uttarakhand, India. In order to get here, you’ll need to hop on to the Kedarnath bound bus from Haridwar or Rishikesh and ride it all the way to the village of Khumera. Ask anyone in the village where the school is and they will point you to it.

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5 benefits of Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

It seems like something so basic - yet our modern education system, at least here in India, forgets to teach it to its children. Gone are the days of factory farmed students studying dated curricula designed for the industrial era. There are few schools that dare to change the status quo and this blog talks a little bit about the challenges in running such a place, especially in a developing country.

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Win a free tour to the Valley of Flowers!

Have you always wanted to visit India but have somehow never found the right motivation, time or money to make the trip? Well, we have a super easy solution for you. Today is the launch day of BeAnimal’s Autumn writing competition, which is an annual event that asks people from all walks of life to share some insights about their relationship with the environment, sustainability and the future of the world at large. This year we have 3 very exciting topics for you to choose from. All you have to do is write a 500-1000 word essay on any one of them. It’s that simple!


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5 things you can do to travel more sustainably in India

Sustainability is something that we need to inculcate into our everyday lives and sustainable travel should be the only way we travel. Sustainability is not only about protecting the environment and cutting our carbon-footprint but it is also about preserving the natural heritage, culture and traditions of the places that we visit. This is because tourism has a huge power over the lives and livelihoods of the people who live in regions that receive a lot of tourists.


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How to fix tight neck and shoulders

Yoga is a fantastic tool to relieve any tension or stiffness in your neck and shoulder area. Not only does it stretch the muscles that pain, but there is also a bunch of great exercises to prevent the pain from coming up in the first place. This can be achieved through strengthening your core muscles for better posture. Since the central nervous system is interconnected, we can only heal one part by taking care of the body as a whole unit.

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5 Health benefits of Carambola - Starfruit is amazing for you

I was first introduced to starfruit or as it is otherwise known  - Carambola while visiting a friends farm in Kerala two weeks ago. A lone, fully-grown tree was giving us copious amounts of fruit and I soon fell in love with it. The word carambola is derived from the Sanskrit word karmaranga meaning "food appetizer". Star fruit was called carambola in the Malayalam language, and when the Portuguese took it to Africa and South America they kept the original name.

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Positive Impact Movement interview - sustainable travel in India

I joined the PiMov movement beause I want to inspire people to immerse themselves in nature. To travel widely and to learn where their food comes from. To learn about the animals who share this planet with them before it is too late and they are all gone. I believe we have a fighting chance but only if we wake up today and educate ourselves. We live in a time where information is available at the stretch of a fingertip but the power to act on it has to come from within.

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Why I don't eat meat anymore

I used to eat meat a lot. Before I came travelling, it was the focal point of every meal – and I didn’t really see an alternative.

The thing that put me off vegetarianism was that I believed, wrongly, that a meal devoid of meat, was no meal at all. If a meal is all vegetables and pulses, where’s the action?

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Just ask the WHO

We all know that processed meats cause cancer. Then why don’t we see any warning labels in our supermarkets? If something kills you slower than smoking does, is it better? Isn’t the fact that it is harmful bad enough? Let’s find out

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Cape Town

As fresh water resources start to dwindle in some parts of the world, we start to ask ourselves, where did all that water go?

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Bulldozed

Almost 40% of the world’s total land area is utilised by the animal agriculture industry - directly or indirectly - through pastures for grazing or land that is used to produce feed for factory farms. Imagine what we could do with all that extra land!

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The first step

This is the story of how we started on the BeAnimal journey. We’ve come so far with starting this website and I thank all of you for supporting us! I’ve linked some interesting documentaries at the bottom of this post. I hope they serve to inspire you as they have I

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