Many people think of New Year’s resolutions and brainstorm ways to improve their lives for the coming year. What if those resolutions were expanded to include goals that benefit our communities, society, and the planet?
This might not be a common approach, but it can open up your horizons and show you how you can be of assistance to others.
Here are four Popular New Year ResolutionsThis is a twist on how to improve your relationship to nature in 2022 and beyond.
Take more care to consider how your actions may impact the environment
Each of us have an Environmental ethicThis is how we view, manage and ultimately relate towards nature. This relationship can be improved by balancing the reciprocity between us, nature, and how much we give and take. Our addictions can be a problem. One-use plasticsThese materials can be disposed of in landfills. fossil fuelsWhile we can heat the planet, a poor relationship with nature is not good for us or the Earth.
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In 2022, each of us can take greater responsibility for our actions that contribute to environmental degradation. We can also encourage businesses and governments to make it easier for people of different socioeconomic backgrounds to protect our environment. This includes making it affordable for recycled goods and making reliable public transportation available.
Check out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ResourcesThese are some of the easiest ways to reduce waste at your home, work, community, and holidays. You can save energy by turning off or disengaging lights during the day, recycling packaging materials, and using online billing services to bill your bills.
You can also lose the burden of social injustice that harms nature.
A Recent studyRedlining and residential segregation lead to inequal access to nature, excessive pollution, and biodiversity loss. These practices Taken in HighwaysIndustries that cause environmental damage in marginalized communities. They also left behind fewer parks in the neighborhoods. Trees that provide coolingIn summer, you can help the planet.
Perpetuating social ills such as systemic racism and Inequitable resource allocationIt is harmful to the environment, marginalized persons and society as a whole.
You can help turn this around by speaking out in your local community. Join groups that promote environmental protection and social justice, and bring nature back to your community. To urge Congress to act, call your local, state, and congressional leaders. Refer to the Green 2.0 reportThis section focuses on making diversity initiatives successful. It provides concrete ways you can implement this at work.
Learn about nature and how you can reduce harm to the environment.
Although essential for our survival, clean air, water and soil are vital, research shows that many people lack them. Environmental and health literacyLearn how to protect yourself.
Learn more about your impact on the environment in 2022. Learn more and begin to explore ways to preserve the integrity your area’s natural resources. Find out how you can keep up to date with local land-use decisions that affect the environment and your community.
Local educators can also be supported and encouraged by you to integrate the environment into your lessons. Many other subjects are affected by environmental issues, including history and health. This websiteThis includes a framework for educators to help students improve their environmental literacy.
Staying connected MediaTalking about the latest research can increase awareness. You might also consider incorporating environmental knowledge and facts into your team-building and game night activities.
Spend more time outdoors with your family and friends
Studies have shown that spending time in nature, even urban green spaces, can improve your relationships with nature and others.
Nature can extend time social cohesion. Many people found the outdoors to be a great place to relax and reduce stress during the pandemic. Spending more time outdoors can increase social interaction that benefits health. buffer emotional distressEncourage the use of these spaces. This can help to protect them in the future.
These are the details Some toolsThese guidelines outline best practices for improving parks and recreation in your area. Here are some ways to make parks and recreation more accessible. outdoor environmentsFamilies in diverse communities will be more inclusive
We can all think about how we relate to nature and find ways to protect it. This will help us be better stewards on the planet.
Viniece Jennings is a consultant to National Recreation and Parks Association for a diversity equity and inclusion initiative. She is also a colleague of Dr. Tony Reames, Harvard University’s JPB Environmental Health fellowship. Chan School of Public Health.
This article has been republished byThe ConversationUnder a Creative Commons licence
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