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Green Lifestyle Redesign® Camille Dieterle OTD, OTR/L A Wellness Program for Environmental Sustainability
Societal Problem -Consensus • 2005-2015 United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development • 2006 An Inconvenient Truth • 2007 "Warming of the climate system is unequivocal," -California Senate's Environment
2007: The Green Movement goes Mainstream • July 2007 Time special edition on Global Warming • May 2007 Vanity Fair Green issue • Newsweek, US News & World Report, NPR & National Geographic Climate Connections Series, all the major newspapers
Solution • Large scale changes as soon as possible: • Extraction • Harvesting • Manufacturing • Distribution • Consumption
Solution • Consumer demand drives markets, shapes trends, and dictates culturally acceptable behaviors and practices. • Consumers need to change the way they are using natural resources.
“What we need is a new ethic in which every person changes, lifestyle, attitude, and behavior.” Achim Steiner, United Nations Environment Program, 2007
We all need to change our lifestyles. David Miliband, Environment Secretary, UK, 2007
Common Barriers • Time • Inconvenience • Expense • Complexity & confusion • Feeling like one person can’t make a difference • Feeling overwhelmed with so much information & enormity of problem • Apathy
Methods - Occupational Science • Education • Habit Change • Overcoming Barriers (self-efficacy & self-esteem) • Identity • Transcendence • Physical & mental health & well being • Tempo
Ecological Occupations: • Taking care of nature • Being in nature
Purpose and Objectives • To increase participation in ecological occupations • Participants will gain experience • being in nature • taking care of nature
to increase knowledge of sustainable living and how connection to nature can increase health and well being to increase participation in ecological occupations to increase subjective well being Goals and Measurements • New Ecological Paradigm Scale (NEP) • Pre & post test • Pre & post test • SF-36 health & well being scale
Population • USC campus community • Students • Faculty • Staff
Format • Faculty & Staff • 8 week modular format • Students • One-time workshops • Sports & Rec Center • Student Clubs • Earth Week
Modules • Intro & Managing Waste • Nurturing through Food • Transportation & Time Use • Incorporating Nature • Connecting with Chemicals • Saving Energy (& money) • Conserving Water • Cultivating Happiness & Tying It All Together
Conservation psychology • Environmental psychology • Environmental health • Education • Sociology
Incorporating Nature • Decreases Sx of depression, anxiety, & ADD (Townsend & Ebden, 2006) (Faber Taylor et al. 2001, Kuo & Faber Tabor, 2004) • Green exercise decreases blood pressure & elevates mood more than gym exercise (Pretty, Hines, & Peacock, 2006) (Bodin & Hartig, 2003) • Speeds recovery time after surgery (Ulrich, 1984) • Better pain control during medical procedures (Diette et al., 2003) • Workers with windows report less stress, frustration & illnesses, & more patience (Pretty, Hine & Peacock, 2006) • Biophilia hypothesis: “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other organisms.” -E.O. Wilson
Results - Green Behaviors • “I became more aware of my shopping and consumption. I waste a lot less now!” • I’m shopping for locally grown and produced food and items. I walk or bike instead of driving when feasible. • I’m more conscious of harmful chemicals in the products I use and avoiding them. • I’m recommitted to vegetarianism. • I’m using a reusable water bottle. I learned the uselessness of plastic water bottles.
Results - Health Benefits • “Clarity of mind, refreshing, socializing, more calm, less stressed, more energy” • “Slowing down, more meaningful days and something to look forward to” • “Better mood, more relaxed, content, gives me the ability to think more clearly”
Healthy Environment Healthy Individual
Societal Needs Met Individual Needs Met + = Evolving Wellness Programming
What is happening now? • USC undergraduate elective course entitled, “Creating a Sustainable Lifestyle” offered ongoing • Introduces students from many different majors to occupational science/therapy, wellness and sustainability on the personal level
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Thank you! Camille Dieterle, OTD, OTR/L email@example.com