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Learn & Unlearn: Anti-racism Resource Guide

Lesson 4: Environmental Wellness

Original post on @saic.maffairs posted 1/14/2021.

Foundation: Wellness

Environmental Wellness is caring for our planet and its people.

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

To Read

To Research

To Listen

To Watch

To Follow

Sustainable SAIC @sustainable_saic
WellFolk @wellfolkhq
Environmental Working Group @environmentalworkinggroup
Shia Su @_wastelandrebel_

To Reflect

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?

To Act

Here are a few things you can do: 

  • Conserve Energy - unplug electrics, turn off lights, open windows or spend time outdoors when you are able
  • First, reduce what you use. Then if you’re not able to reduce, reuse products you already own. The last resort is to recycle what you’ve used
  • Use reusable utensils and straws
  • Volunteer in environmental groups
  • Support local farmers markets (eat locally) or support suppliers who sell imperfect produce 
  • Shop locally or shop sustainably
  • Reduce food waste, learn how to compost or only buy what you need


Works Cited

  1. Jenna Templeton, “The 8 Pillars of Holistic Health and Wellness,” Ask the Scientist, 2020
  2. J. Flowers Health, “8 Dimensions of Wellness - Online Test and Worksheet,” J. Flowers Health Institute, 2020