Learn about the enormous challenges Earth’s systems face in the Anthropocene, the geological epoch where human activity has caused changes at the planetary scale. If we don’t stop pushing the Earth past its limits, we’ll stay on course to lose 1 million species, deplete groundwater, acidify and deoxygenate our oceans, degrade our soil, and raise temperatures past the climate niche habitable to humans. Our personal choices matter, and collectively they have a huge impact on the Earth. Participants will learn how to cultivate a new and aspirational, sustainable lifestyle by taking high impact actions, both big and small. This module is recommended as a precursor to all other learning experiences.
Healthy, Sustainable, Pollinator-Friendly Ecosystems
This module zeroes in on unsustainable lawn and garden practices, the damage they cause to nature in all its forms and hazards they pose to human health. Participants learn healthy and sustainable ecosystem practices that foster biodiversity, help restore imperiled pollinators and their plants and create carbon sinks. Topics covered include unlawning, identifying and removing invasive species, planting native plants, shrubs and trees for imperiled pollinators and helping to prevent extirpation/extinction of threatened and endangered species native to CT. Recommended as a companion module to Zero Emissions, Pollution and Synthetic-Chemical Free Yard and Gardens.
Zero Emissions, Pollution and Synthetic-Chemical Free Yard and Gardens
Participants will learn about the pollution, hazards to humans and other species, and climate-damaging costs of conventional yard and garden care. This learning experience covers zero emissions lawn and yard care, COVID-19 and leaf blowers, no/low mowing, passive restoration, rewilding, water management, and organic practices that create resilient yards that are in harmony with, and help restore, what we have lost. Recommended as a companion module to Sustainable, Pollinator-Friendly Ecosystems.
Living the Zero Waste Ethos
Nature knows no waste; it’s a human construct. We take a deep dive into the waste and recycling crisis and damage they create including terrestrial and aquatic plastic pollution on global scale. Consumer behavior has a huge impact on brands and their products, and the zero waste movement has helped propel our evolution into a circular economy. Participants will learn the fundamentals of zero waste living including everyday ways to reuse, reduce, refuse, rethink, recover, repair, repurpose, renew, refurbish, rework, and rot our way out of the waste crisis. A special emphasis is placed on radical food waste reduction, whole vegetable eating, composting, soil regeneration and sustainable home ecosystem management rooted in the zero-waste ethos.
Eating Low on the Food Chain
The number one greatest impact we have on the planet is the food we choose to eat. This module begins with the oversized impact industrial farming and animal agriculture have on land use change, pollution, habitat loss, species loss, soil degradation and groundwater depletion. Participants will learn about the human and planetary benefits of eating a whole-foods, plant-based diet sourced from local, sustainable foodsheds. We will explore the global shift towards sustainable food systems that center on regenerative agriculture as a means to regenerate soil organic matter, boost soil health, increase soil production capacity and climate resiliency, sequester atmospheric carbon, restore species habitat, and foster biodiversity.
The transportation sector is undergoing a transformative change. Gas and diesel-powered vehicles are being banned and phased out of production around the globe and electric vehicles are replacing them to help decarbonize societies and forge a path to a sustainable future. This module covers battery electric vehicle essentials including best-selling makes and models, noteworthy upcoming releases, features, driving, federal and state tax credits and rebates, pending legislation, direct-to-consumer sales, managing battery life, reducing range anxiety, maintenance, charging at home and away, and integration with home solar and battery storage in smart living ecosystems.
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