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 Years 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 ethicReflecting how we value, manage, and ultimately relate with nature. This relationship can be improved in many ways by balancing the scales between us and nature on how much we give or take. Our addictions can be a problem. One-use plasticsThese materials can be disposed of in landfills. fossil fuelsAlthough we are warming the planet, a bad relationship with nature isn’t good for the Earth or us.
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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. The website offers tips such as turning off or unplugging lights throughout the day, reusing packaging material, and using online billing instead of paper mail.
Reduce the social injustice that harms the environment.
A Recent studiesRedlining and residential separation were described as contributing to unequal access and pollution to nature and biodiversity loss. These practices Bringing in highwaysIndustries that cause environmental damage in marginalized communities. They also left behind fewer parks in the neighborhoods. Cooling treesIn summer, you can help the planet.
Perpetuating social problems like systemic racism 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. Call your elected officials in your state, city, and congressional offices to urge them to act. Also, see 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.
You can also help local educators and encourage them bring the environment into the classroom. There are many subjects that relate to environmental issues, from history to health. This websiteIncludes a framework and materials to assist educators in helping students increase their environmental literacy.
Staying connected MediaTalking about the latest research can increase awareness. You can also tie environmental facts and knowledge to your game night or team-building activities.
Spend more time with your family and friends in the outdoors
Studies show that spending time outdoors, including in urban green spaces can improve your relationship to nature and others.
The beauty of nature can make time go faster social cohesion. Many people found that the outdoors was a good place to relax and reduce stress in the wake of the pandemic. Spending more time outdoors can promote social interactions that are good for your health. buffer emotional distressEncourage and encourage the use of these spaces to help preserve them for the future.
Here are some examples 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 from diverse communities are 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 fellow to Dr. Tony Reames at Harvard University’s T.H. JPB Environmental Health fellowship. Chan School of Public Health.
This article has been republished fromThe ConversationUnder a Creative Commons licence
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