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Climate Education Series: Discussion on Health and Happiness through Sustainable Living with Students

Updated: Jan 15

Climate Education for Students Assignment 3:

bowls with fresh fruits on a table and plants in the background.
Bowls with fresh fruits

How do I start living sustainably?

I don't know where to start? These are common questions that may arise when contemplating a shift towards sustainable living. Consider how your life may have changed over the last several years - perhaps you found yourself spending more time in nature, being creative with what you have, and eating healthier. Sustainable living starts with a mindset shift towards recognizing how to create a good life through sustainable practices. In this article, we will explore the principles of sustainable living and how they can bring about health, happiness, peace of mind, and fulfillment.

Embracing Nature: Finding Peace of Mind and Connection

Connecting with nature is a fundamental aspect of sustainable living. Spending time in natural environments has been shown to have restorative properties, promoting mental well-being and reducing fatigue. By immersing ourselves in nature, we cultivate a newfound gratitude and appreciation for the natural world. It is during these moments that we can reflect on our choices and how they impact the environment and the people around us.

Mindful Eating: Nurturing Our Health and the Planet. For a Sustainable Living Mindset.

Engaging in mindful eating practices and being purposeful about our diet is an essential component of sustainable living. By enjoying the diversity of foods that nature provides, we can be healthful and nourish our bodies. Incorporating more plants and colors into our meals not only promotes better nutrition but also reduces our ecological footprint. Opting for locally grown, seasonal produce not only supports local farmers but also reduces the transportation emissions associated with imported food. This approach allows us to make a connection between healthy food and the well-being of our families.

Gratitude and Reverence: Cultivating Appreciation and Sustainability

Cultivating a sustainable living mindset involves fostering gratitude and reverence for the food we eat and the resources we use. By recognizing the value of what we have, we can reduce waste, practice conscious consumption, and make more sustainable choices. Savoring our meals, minimizing food waste, and repurposing resources are all ways to live more sustainably and reduce our impact on the environment.

Living with Purpose: Reflecting on Our Values and Impact

Sustainable living requires us to re-channel our values towards experiences and our larger purpose. By prioritizing quality over quantity, we can shift our focus towards meaningful experiences rather than material possessions. This mindset encourages us to support local businesses, invest in sustainable products, and make educated choices that align with our values. By collectively adopting this sustainable mindset, we can make a lasting impact on the environment and our communities.

Assignment 3: Discussion on Health, Happiness through Sustainable Living

In this classroom discussion, students and teachers should explore the sustainable living mindset and its connection to health, happiness, peace of mind, and fulfillment. Students should share their personal stories to inspire other students. Students can prepare a short workshop on sustainable living which they can use to engage local community members on this topic including staff, older adults, and local leaders.

Sustainable living begins with a change in mindset. The goal is to connect sustainable living for students and community stakeholders to living a healthier, happier, and more fulfilled life.

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