Things are heating up this summer, literally. We're already experiencing the effects of climate change of the summer heat including swamp ass and sweating the bed. Rather than jacking up the AC or sticking your head in the freezer, both of which have some seriously negative impacts on the environment, keep cool and environmentally-friendly ways to beat the heat.
4. When it's baking outside, get baked inside.
Cannabis is truly a gift from the gods. Smoking weed actually makes you cool— not in a peer-pressure kind of way, but it lowers your body temperature. If you ever got goosebumps from a bong hit, it's probably a combination of potent dank and phenomenon known as THC-induced hypothermia. It's a chemical reaction that tells your brain to chill out, literally though. In 2014, the National Institutes of Health published a report on how THC affects your hypothalamus, which regulates body heat, by triggering thermal brain receptors. So you can feel extra good about lighting up as you cool down this summer.
3. Shower with a friend. Or two. Fuck it, the more the merrier.
According to the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), droughts are impacting more than 19 million people nationwide. In a season where water is absolutely sacred, why waste it by taking individual showers. Depending on the size of your shower it may be a tough squeeze but if for a good cause we can all take one for the team, right? Also the more people in the shower the easier it is to scrub those hard to reach areas on your back.
2. Put on your birthday suit.
The best way to stay cool this summer is not to wear clothes, seriously. No clothes mean less heat trapping layers that provide unwanted warmth during hot-ass summer months. Obviously, you can't walk around totally bare unless you live in a nudist colony, in which case more power to you. For the rest of us, feel free close your blinds, make sure your roommates are gone and then drop your drawers.
1. Turn off the lights while hooking up.
Your Netflix and chill session should actually be chill, so don't just dim the lights—turn them off. We know you want to leave the switch on to show off that rocking summer bod, but it's a waste of energy. The best ambiance comes from moonlight but if the night sky isn't providing enough radiance then use candles. A simple wick can do a lot to set the mood, use environmentally-friendly soy-based candles if you can help it, they also give off less heat than incandescent light bulbs.
A lot of summer means being in uncomfortable sweltering heat and all those easy-to-figure-out life hacks will help keep you cool, there's a bigger issue at hand. Climate change is hitting the globe hard and the best way to make a difference is to commit to lowering your carbon footprint and making a change on a systemic level.
Here's how you can make a difference in your community by getting your local town or city mobilized in the fight against climate change.