The 5 R's
The 5 R's are the foundation of Nature Harmony's projects and vision. They are the values that influence the ways in which we approach different aspects of environmental sustainability. Below are a detailed description the UN's Sustainable Developmental Goals and how we respond to them.
Rebuild Ecological Resource
Sustainable consumption and production is SDG 12 in the UN's 2030 agenda for sustainable development. In this they publicly acknowledged that fundamental changes in the way societies produce and consume are indispensable for achieving global sustainable development. We know that humans have a responsibility to ensure that the bio-regenerative capabilities of Nature stay in-tact or else we jeopardize the ability of future generations to live on this planet. Nature Harmony is committed to rebuilding and maintaining these ecological resources for generations to come. For us, this means educating and empowering individuals to partake in sustainable & bioregenerative alternatives.
We do this by advocating for community initiatives to encourage local food production, educating people on science of nature and its benefits, and building indoor bio-regenerative ecosystems to encourage sustainable food production.
Reinvent Interior Design
Creating sustainable cities and human settlements is SDG 11 in the UN's 2030 agenda for sustainable development. As the world's population shifts into more urban settings, it is crucial to advocate sustainable development from an urban perspective to ensure that we "make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable." Humans now spend more time cooped up inside than any other time in history, and it is well known that spending too much time indoors can be detrimental to our health. That is why Nature Harmony encourages biophilic design as a key component in encouraging health and wellness of occupants of indoor spaces. By bringing nature indoors we bring the benefits of being around plants and natural forms to the spaces where we spend most of our time.
We do this by creating initiatives for individuals to grow their own organic produce indoors, Nature based wellness initiatives to reinvigorate living spaces, and building large scale food production and learning centres for communities.
Reduce Energy Consumption
Energy is SDG 7 in the UN's 2030 agenda for sustainable development, and focuses on "ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all will open a new world of opportunities for billions of people through new economic opportunities and jobs, empowered women, children and youth, better education and health, more sustainable, equitable and inclusive communities, and greater protections from, and resilience to, climate change."
It is clear from years of research that saving energy through reduced consumption & conservation is cheaper than building new energy infrastructure to meet a higher demand. That is why it is important that we educate citizens on our most energy-intensive habits and find ways to mitigate their impact. By encouraging education in energy literacy, Nature Harmony is helping people across the country become more aware of their impact and take steps to reduce their overall consumption.
At Nature Harmony, we respond to this goal by conducting seminars on reducing energy consumption, promoting no-power needed inter-generational activities for children and seniors, projects that reduce the overall carbon footprint and bring food to people that need it.
Rethink Waste Management
Waste Management is part of SDG 9 in the UN's 2030 agenda for sustainable development. One of the biggest problems humans face to date is how we will deal with the vast amount of waste we have and continue to generate. Plastics items can take up to 1000 years to decompose in a landfill, and many researchers are concerned about the effect that pesky microplastics have when they break off and contaminate our water and food supplies. The UN recognizes that waste management holds a paramount importance for proper health, environmental protection and natural resource management, and sustainable development...and as we address this issue we will "substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination." Nature Harmony is tackling this issue through different initiatives to educate & empower individuals young and old to recycle and dispose of waste properly, teach how Nature recycles its own waste through its various nutrient & mineral cycles, and promote low waste food production.
Ways we do this include hosting seminars on recycling and vermicomposting, closed loop eco-systems for food production, innovative research and educational forums on natural methods of carbon capture and nutrient cycling.
Revive Indoor Air Quality
Air quality is SDG 13 in the UN's 2030 agenda for sustainable development, which focuses on taking urgent action on climate change. It calls for "the widest possible international cooperation aimed at accelerating the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions and addressing adaptation to the adverse impacts of climate change”. At Nature Harmony we aim to contribute to this goal by improving indoor air quality. Low indoor Air Quality is believed to be a major contributor to what is known as sick building syndrome (SBS), a sickness where building occupants begin to feel various symptoms as a result of being in a hazardous environment or poorly ventilated space for extended periods of time, with up to 30% of new or remodeled buildings can have high rates of complaints that may be linked to poor indoor air quality. Nature Harmony helps ensure our living spaces are healthy and comfortable by encouraging the use of plants indoors as a way of reducing airborne pollutants and improving our quality of life. By incorporating nature into our living spaces, we can reduce the side effects of SBS and improve the comfort and air quality of the spaces where we spend most of our time.
We do this by creating initiatives to bring air purifying plants into indoor spaces of people most at risk, promoting education on the negative health side effects of poorly ventilated buildings, helping redesign indoor spaces to be more optimal for human health, and creating initiatives for people to get involved by sprucing up their own indoor spaces with healthy & nutritious plants.