It is important to lead a lifestyle that is respectful of our environment. This includes respecting nature and those species living in it. Also, respect for others living in our environment is just as necessary as respect for the physical environment itself. While today’s climate is one of increased environmental awareness, the average person may still be unconcerned or simply uninformed about what he or she can do to help the environment. You don’t have to be a member of an organization to help; an individual can help by simply leading an environmentally conscious life.
Spread the word about environmental wellness. Discuss with your friends the importance of leading a lifestyle that ensures the purity of our water, air and living conditions. Also, if you see someone littering, politely tell that person you do not approve of his or her actions. Get involved with your community’s recycling programs. If you work on campus, try to implement a recycling program or ways to conserve paper in your department. Make sure the recycling bins in your residence hall are readily available and are being utilized. Not only will your efforts be rewarding, but they will put you on the right path to environmental wellness.
Signs of Good Environmental Wellness:
- You are aware of the limits of the earth's natural resources
- You conserve energy (ie. Shutting off unused lights)
- You recycle paper, cans, and glass as much as possible
- You enjoy, appreciate, and spend time outside in natural settings
- You do not pollute the air, water or earth if you can avoid doing so
- You avoid second-hand smoke
On Campus Resources:
Santa Clara Community Action Program (SCCAP)
Environmental Studies Program
Off-Campus Environmental Resources:
- EPA United States Environmental Protection Agency - protecting human health, safeguarding the natural environment.
- Sierra Club The Sierra Club's grassroots advocacy has made it America's most influential environmental organization. Founded in 1892, the organization is 700,000 members strong.
- National Audubon Society The mission of the NAS is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
- Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society The second largest Audubon chapter in California. The SCVAS mission is to maintain, preserve and protect native animal and plant habitats and foster greater public environmental awareness particularly in Santa Clara County and the bay area.
- National Wildlife Federation The nation's largest member-supported conservation group, uniting individuals, organizations, businesses and government to protect wildlife, wild places, and the environment.
- Acterra A nonprofit environmental organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area to shape sustainable communities and preserve natural resources through education, action, and advocacy.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium The mission of the MBA is to inspire conservation of the oceans through education.
- Center for Marine Conservation The mission of the CMC is to protect ocean ecosystems and conserve the global abundance and diversity of marine wildlife, particularly through advocacy, research and education.
- World Wildlife Fund A privately supported organization dedicated to protecting the world's wildlife and wildlands.
- National Resources Defense Council NRDC uses law, science, and the support of more than 500,000 members nationwide to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.
- Environmental Defense A national nonprofit organization representing more than 300,000 members. Since 1967, ED have linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems.
- California Department of Fish and Game Habitat Conservation Planning Branch Seeks to conserve species and a mosaic of landscapes to sustain California’s biodiversity. Provides statewide policy, coordination, expertise and training for: species conservation and recovery, large area conservation planning, compliance with the California Endangered Species Act and the California Environmental Quality Act.