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Mat McDermott has written about the nature, conservation, yoga, and Hinduism for more than a decade. He is currently the Director of Communication for the Hindu American Foundation, the largest non-profit advocacy organization for Hindus living in the United States. He is also an advisor to The Bhumi Project, a Hindu environmental program based at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Mat is a former editor at TreeHugger, as well as a regular contributor to Hinduism Today and numerous other online publications. He is the lead author of the 2015 Hindu Declaration on Climate Change, a joint project of HAF and The Bhumi Project. Mat has an MS in Global Affairs from New York University, and a BA in Writing and Literature from Burlington College. He did his yoga teacher training at Yogamaya New York. All views expressed in this column are his own and, unless specifically stated otherwise, do not represent those of any organization he is affiliated with.