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3 Reasons to Go Green with your Skillset



Environmental awareness is a topic of ever-growing importance. As people who live on planet Earth, we all have a responsibility to understand and care for the environment in our small everyday ways. Increasing our awareness through study helps us become more environmentally conscious, better overall citizens. 


There’s plenty to choose from when diving into this area, from recycled fashion to gardening and energy efficiency- so you’re bound to find something that inspires you! If you’re not totally convinced yet, check out our three good reasons for adding some greenery to your skillset. 


1. Sustainable is responsible 


“We deserve a safe future. And we demand a safe future. Is that really too much to ask?" 

- Greta Thunberg, Climate Change activist.

Each generation has the responsibility to create a better world for the next generation- and if not better, we most definitely have the responsibility to not leave it worse off. We don’t all have to be climate change activists. Simply recycling in your home is good enough. Committing to learning just a little about the environment and how to live more sustainably means we’ve committed to being better citizens and doing good by our future generations. Not to mention- embodying this responsible mentality is good for your overall self-image anyway! 


2. The health benefits 


You know that veggie patch you dream of creating in your garden? Well think about bringing that dream to life because It won’t just be the fresh food that’s good for your health, but the process will be good for you too!


Aside from the large-scale health benefits that will be experienced by all if more people are environmentally conscious and skilled, getting your hands dirty outside has huge benefits on your own physical and mental health, too. Healthline says that gardening builds strength, promotes sleep and helps maintain a healthy weight. It also improves memory, mood and has a de-stressing effect on the body and mind. 


Make it a double health hack and get family and community involved with your gardening so you can foster connection while you’re at it! 


3. Variety is valuable 


Skills from one subject can always be applied to another. A course in permaculture is guaranteed to teach you things that can be applied in other aspects of your life. Learning how to grow your own food will contribute to you being a more well-rounded person. Learning how to implement a stellar recycling system could make you a more valuable employee. No skill ever goes to waste and is always a good investment in our growth as humans! 


It’s always worth your while to learn a little more about topics that are of such importance and growing impact. If you’re interested in broadening your skills repertoire, there’s tons to choose from online! FutureLearn offers a large selection of courses on environmentalism, gardening and sustainability; or check out Damelin’s bestselling 8 week short course: Introduction to Sustainable Development.


Whichever specific subject you choose to focus on, there’s plenty of online learning available to help us grow a greener future together! It’s a win-win that benefits your personal growth as well as the good of your community and planet. 



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