Grow, Share and Care this World Environment DayPosted by in Wellbeing
By Florence Scialom, Network of Wellbeing
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make” – Jane Goodall
We are all interconnected. A person’s wellbeing depends on the wellbeing of the community in which they live and work, while the wellbeing of their community depends on the wellbeing of society as a whole and the long-term health of the natural world on which we all depend. What we do impacts upon other people and the world around us. At times this can feel very empowering, and at other times perhaps a little intimidating. That’s why it’s important to help each other; to offer support, advice and inspiration based on our own experiences.
This World Environment Day the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) is running a series of activities themed around ‘Growing, Sharing and Caring’, and we’d love to hear your ideas on how you grow, share and care in your own lives. We are running a competition inviting people to share their tips; to enter, you simply need to share a tip using the hash tag #GrowShareCare and tagging NOW on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. There are some great prizes on offer, but we hope this invitation will also inspire people to reflect on their own positive habits and share their experiences with others.
Growing, sharing, and caring are all simple activities that encourage us to take note, to give and to connect, which are all routes to improving our wellbeing. Growing, sharing and caring are also themes that have a deeper significance, and are closely intertwined. Like a gardener who grows plants by caring for them or a parent who grows children in the same way, we must learn to care for others and share resources in the world around us, so we grow as people and as a society.
We welcome you to share #GrowShareCare tips that are simple or complex, specific or general – what matters is that it’s something that has been useful in your experience; in sharing your advice and experiences you could help or resonate with others. Examples of tips include:Remember to check in every day, to keep on eye on how things are doing; this could apply to plants, children or yourself.
– You don’t have to own everything; giving and receiving can be a virtuous circle.
– Take time to think about other people.
– Ask yourself, how best can you really help?
What would you suggest to ensure we can grow, share and care in our daily lives? Please share your tips using the hash tag #GrowShareCare and tagging NOW on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram – we look forward to hearing from you!
Celebrate World Environment Day
In addition to our #GrowShareCare competition, NOW will also be publishing a series of guest blog posts and videos in the week leading up to World Environment Day. Then, on the day itself – June 5th – we will be running a Forest Festival in Totnes, Devon, offering an opportunity to visit and learn about this community orchard and forest garden and join in with a bit of practical work before a relaxing afternoon of music, storytelling, crafts, yoga or even a massage!
Here at NOW, we believe actions to promote wellbeing cannot simply be those that make individuals happier. One person’s wellbeing must support, not come at the expense of, others’ or the planet. This is not about sacrificing individual wellbeing, though: caring effectively for our personal wellbeing can be done in ways that support the community we live in, the society of which we are part and the natural world which sustains all of our lives. We hope that our activities for World Environment Day will raise awareness of this, and we hope you will be inspired to get involved!
The Network of Wellbeing (NOW) is a network through which people who are active on wellbeing, particularly at the community level, talk to and work with each other. To find out more about NOW’s work, please visit www.networkofwellbeing.org. To stay updated on NOW’s work, you can sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter via our website, and you can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.