Anna R Lee




How To

TURN YOUR EMPLOYEES INTO SUSTAINABILITY GURU'S
Pamela Peeters


It all started during a “salon” in a New York loft. A group of about forty people were gathering in the home of several cultural catalysts and would be introduced to one of my last creations: the Every Week Can Be Earth Week workshop, a one-week educational program that introduces sustainable lifestyle solutions. The transformational curriculum was immediately picked up by NOKIA for their Earth Day celebration and is now also available for children, including an art project . It will shortly be available as an online workshop for our exclusive members as well. This segment gives you a taste of what to expect. For more information and bookings: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Sustainable Development is a systematic approach to achieving human development in a way that sustains planetary resources, based on the recognition that human consumption is occurring at a rate beyond Earth's capacity to support it.

People are aware that our society is facing several challenges and - for the ?rst time – are seeing themselves as part of the solution. In this steadily growing movement, citizens want to know what a more responsible and sustainable society looks like.

The Every Week Can Be Earth Week workshop was created as a five-day program to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. It is assisting thousands of employees with the development of an Earth Week curriculum that can be implemented the year round. The workshop provides the knowledge people need as they transform their lifestyle choices into more sustainable ones. It helps them think about their habits such as food intake, waste generation, energy consumption, wilderness exploration, and fitness.

Participants can share this information with others as well, to show the impact of lifestyle on the environment and personal well-being. The program’s one-week curriculum includes the tools to create a meatless Monday, a trash-less Tuesday, a wilderness Wednesday, a turn off the lights Thursday, and a fitness Friday. After a week of implementing assignments, participants are able to transform their corporate and private lifestyles into more sustainable ones.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

1) Meatless Monday

There are 20 billion heads of life stock on Earth, triple the amount of people.

More than 4.8 pounds of grain are fed to cattle in order to make one pound of beef.

A pound of wheat can be grown with 60 gallons of water, whereas a pound of meat requires up to 2,500 of gallons.

The choice to become a vegetarian or reduce meat consumption is one of the most positive lifestyle changes a person can make in terms of reducing one's impact on the environment. (WorldWatch Institute Christopher FLAVIN)

2) Trash-less Tuesday

Americans create nearly 730 kg (1,600 lb) of municipal solid waste per person each year. Germany, by comparison, creates only 590 kg ( 1,300 lb ). And in India, a city dweller produces about 100 kg ( 220 lb ) annually.

New York city is saving $20 million annually thanks to its recycling program.

For every job collecting recyclables, there are 26 jobs in processing the materials and manufacturing them into new products.

3) Wilderness Wednesday

In our fast paced high-tech world today, it is easy to see how we are gradually distancing ourselves from the natural world. The danger is that while being deprived of this relationship, we do not see the need to protect it.

Destruction of planet forest ecosystems will equal to 5% of the world GDP.

A poor relationship to nature can lead to Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD), an unwanted side-effect of the electronic age. A lack of routine contact with nature may result in stunted academic and developmental growth.

We should see the woods, streams, fields and canyons around our homes as a type of therapy to keep us focused, confident, healthy, and balanced.

4) Turn Off the lights Thursday

How can we meet our increasing energy in a safe and environmentally friendly way, as the planet’s nearly 7 billion people reach 9 billion by 2050?

80-90% of our energy comes from the combustion of fossil fuels, and burning them emits carbon, causing global warming.

Increasing energy efficiency, reducing our energy consumption and further enhancing the research and development of renewables are some of our options.

Turning off the lights and other electronic appliances have a direct impact on the environment and your energy bill.

5) Fitness Friday

In the past ten years, obesity levels have doubled in the United States.

More than half of adult New Yorkers are overweight or obese, and nearly half of all New York City elementary schoolchildren are not at a healthy weight.

The key causes are increased consumption of energy-dense foods high in saturated fats and sugars and reduced physical activity.

We should exercise at least three times a week.

Calculate your body mass index: www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/



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