For thousands of years we have evolved to live in direct daily contact with the rest of nature. The forests, streams and savannahs were essential to our basic survival. But in the last few centuries, people in industrial societies have moved farther and farther away from that natural source of good health, with disastrous results.
Environmental well-being includes trying to live in harmony with the Earth by understanding the impact of your interaction with nature and your personal environment, and taking action to protect the world around you. By leading a lifestyle that is respectful to our environment and minimizes any harm done to it is a critical part of environmental wellness. It can protect you from environmental hazards and minimizing the negative impact of your behavior on the environment.
Examples of environmental threats include air pollution, ultraviolet radiation in the sunlight, chemicals, noise, water pollution, and second-hand smoke. These are just a few of the ways we can tap the restorative powers of nature...
Rootology's Environmental Wellness Challenge:
- Ride your bike, walk or take public transportation instead of driving.
- Recycle and compost.
- Plant and tend a garden.
- Use natural cleaning products.
- Remove clutter from your home or office.
- Volunteer time to a worthy cause.
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