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March 2020 Updates

Dear Envirocare Coordinators and Go Green champions,

We hope you are all keeping well and safe. As we are all staying at home, we use this edition to inspire you to address climate change issues during this time.

'Maybe what’s called for now is a global moment in which everything and everyone stops for a moment of stillness, for a moment of connecting to source.' Read more in Eight Emerging Lessons: From Coronavirus to Climate Action.

This month, we share the highlights of the Young Adult led Terrarium service activity in Victoria, Australia. It shows how we can get creative in our own homes.

Can indoor plants lead to positive health outcomes?

The Young Adults reviewed several scientific articles on the psychological benefits of indoor plants.

The evidence showed …

·   the correlation between flowers / indoor plants and more positive health outcomes;

·   increasing life satisfaction/decrease in loneliness in older people engaged in gardening programmes; and

·   developing more positive health outcomes post-surgery.

Swami inspired the YAs to liaise with a local care home and make terrariums (miniature pot plants) for the residents. They re-used empty juice / soft drink bottles as ‘pots’ for the plants.

For full details on this initiative click here.

Watch the video on the environmental initiatives at the Sathya Sai School in Thailand. The school is designed to be self-sufficient and is producing its own food and energy so as not to create any global warming.

Watch the video, on the Spiritual Perspectives of the Environmental Crisis. Shruthi Vijayakumar and Ashok K. Sakhrani discuss the science and spirituality of climate change.

Please share this with your Sathya Sai Centres and enjoy your time with your indoor plants!

Love and light,

ESC team

Sathya Sai International Organisation