Words of Wellness: Earth Day Inspires Environmental Wellness

NYAPRS News: As we approach Earth Day, April 22, 2018 and try to find our own understanding and contribution for the care and protection of  our world, we look to environmental wellness.  The April 2018 issue Words of Wellness opens the discussion for us about Environmental Wellness and how we can become inspired to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings. Environmental Wellness involves understanding the relationship between the environment and people and recognizing that we are responsible for the quality of the air, water, and earth that surrounds us and in turn, that social, natural, and built environments affect our health and well-being. Peggy Swarbrick and Pat Nemec, of the Wellness Institute at Collaborative Support Programs of NJ, include how environmental wellness “involves being and feeling physically safe, in safe and clean surroundings, and being able to access clean air, food, and water, in the spaces where you live, work, and play like your home, neighborhood, job, and community as well as your country and planet. and how we can create our own environmental wellness”.  What works for you? You can rate your environmental wellness with the Environmental Wellness Self-Assessment in the April 2018 Words of Wellness in the attached pdf.

“Earth Day: April 22, 2018  According to Earth Day Network, www.earthday.org, this annual event is a day of political action and civic participation.  People march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, and clean up their towns and roads.  Corporations and governments use it to make pledges and announce sustainability measures. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.  Many environmental issues continue today, including reducing air and water pollution, preserving green space, and building communities that promote health, like having safe and attractive places to walk.  Many of these issues are being addressed by advocacy groups.  If you are concerned about your community or our larger world, consider volunteering.”

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