Original post on @saic.maffairs posted 1/14/2021.
This planet and all its living beings is our home, our only home. In the short amount of time humans have lived on this planet, we’ve done more harm than good. We need to take care of the environment not only for the land and creatures, but for the humans living in it as well. This is environmental wellness.
Consider the environmental problems we face today, these deep-rooted issues are experienced by some people more than others. We might not think about toxins if our air, water, and land is clean. But just because we don’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not an issue elsewhere. Communities most affected by pollution may experience chronic illnesses, don’t have access to sanitary or nutritious food, or flowing water. Some communities lack access to adequate healthcare. These problems aren’t addressed because their voices aren’t included. More than creating space and including others, we need to remove the cause of the issue itself.
Environmental Wellness is becoming aware of your resources and daily habits, considering how this Impacts the environment, and making conscious choices that promote health, prolong life, create abundance, and enable processes that provide equitable access to clean resources.
“When we think about improving the environment, we can’t just think of coastal elite, or protecting the wilderness—we also have to think about our own backyard, and making sure communities aren’t sacrificed for the rest of society to function,” he says. “If you really want to have a sustainable world, you have to target the most burdened communities first.” - Dr. Mendez
What are small actions I can take today to live sustainably? How will it affect others?
What are long term goals I can make to become more sustainable for myself and others?
Am I taking the time to learn about the environment, what harms it, how to live with it and how to protect it?
Here are a few things you can do: