Friday, 18 September 2009

Let's make a difference

If we care about our environment, whether because we want to protect areas like this or because we are concerned about the future our children will be dealing with then we need to act. This year, thousands of individuals and organisations from across the country are putting aside their differences to help write the first chapter of 21st Century’s biggest story. The idea is simple: we work together to achieve a 10% cut in the UK’s carbon emissions in 2010. From village post offices to City skyscrapers, everyone’s invited.

Cutting 10% in one year is a bold target, but for most of us it’s an achievable one, and is in line with what scientists say we need right now. And by signing up to a 10% target we’re not just supporting 10:10 - we’re making it happen. The success of 10:10 depends on getting everyone involved, and the 10:10 website has all the tools you need to pass the message on far and wide. We need to start spreading the word to every corner of the country, inviting our friends, family, colleagues, customers, competitors – everyone we know – to take part.

It’s easy to feel powerless in the face of a huge problem like climate change, but by uniting large numbers of people and institutions around immediate, effective and achievable action, 10:10 enables all of us to make a meaningful difference.

It’s the perfect opportunity to find out what’s possible when we work together. 10:10 is about putting aside our differences to tackle the defining challenge of our age. 10:10 is about working together.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

5th IATC - Edinburgh

I've just returned from the 5th International Adventure Therapy Conference in Edinburgh. This gathering of psychologists, therapists, counsellors mindfulness and outdoor practitioners takes place every three years. This event had participants from more than 21 countries ranging from Australia to Greenland, Britain to Singapore, all with the common aim of sharing best practice, looking at how we can help people and the planet.

As well as the numerous speakers and workshop leaders, there was the opportunity to take part in discussions and activities, including a worthwhile visit to the Labyrinth at Edinburgh University (see photo). The difference between a labyrinth and a maze? A maze is a place to get lost, a labyrinth a place to find yourself, an opportunity to focus, try one and see!

Therapy in the outdoors (whether called by Adventure, Wilderness, or any other prefix) means engaging with nature, using the outdoors as a therapeutic component in our lives, recognising our connection and place in nature and our impact on the planet as a whole as well as our local society. It is a way of engaging with the full spectrum of life that could make a massive difference to our personal and planetary well-being.