0762049 The Great Outdoors


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This presentation will look at the many benefits that a love for nature and the outdoors can have in one’s life. It will focus on the importance of a simpler, less materialistic life and it will define some ways to accomplish this.

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0762049 The Great Outdoors

  1. 1. BACK TO SIMPLICITY: A STUDY OF THE GREAT OUTDOORS AND ITS BENEFITS The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.  ~Unknown *1
  2. 2. What happened to Simplicity ? In our world today there is so much chaos and commotion. We live in a consumerist and materialistic society where all that matters is buy, buy, buy, sell, sell, sell. Our only forms of entertainment are the newest IPods, Game Consoles and the latest pictures on Facebook... But what happened to the good old days when all we needed was what we could get from the earth? In a simpler time, people were less stressed, aggravated, and greedy. Playing a neighbourhood game of road hockey or going camping with friends used to be priority... How can retreating to a simpler, more nature bound life benefit us? *2
  3. 3. SURVEY: 25 University Students were asked if they have partaken in these outdoor activities. They were then asked if they owned an IPOD... Not surprisingly, there were 15 students who had never been on a canoe trip, 6 who had not seen the mountains, and only 3 who did not have IPods. Yet, the ones who did not, had some other form of MP3. It is results like these which make one question what is truly important to individuals nowadays...
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  5. 5. <ul><li>Outdoor Adventure can lead to great feelings of self accomplishment </li></ul><ul><li>Relaxation and Rejuvenation </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciation of life and living </li></ul><ul><li>The abandonment of material obsessions can lead to self enlightenment – Kant </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciation for true beauty as opposed to artificial </li></ul>Nature cures — not the physician. Hippocrates What Benefits can Nature bring us? <ul><li>Individuals dealing with grief are able to look beyond it and find the beauty in their surroundings </li></ul><ul><li>Self awareness and enhanced well-being </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration and Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Nature can be a place of refuge from the stressors of life </li></ul><ul><li>Creative and Artistic Inspiration </li></ul>*5
  6. 6. Low Impact Camping and Ecological Footprints <ul><li>Low Impact Camping: </li></ul><ul><li>Returning the state of a campsite you have visited to its exact, original appearance and leaving minimal evidence that you were there. </li></ul><ul><li>How To: </li></ul><ul><li>Leave no garbage or food on the site </li></ul><ul><li>If possible, use a propane stove instead of collecting kindling for fire, as trees do not grow fast enough to replenish what you have taken </li></ul><ul><li>Never dig latrines within 200ft. of water to avoid contamination </li></ul><ul><li>Spread your group out while walking through large meadows to avoid erosion </li></ul><ul><li>Ecological Footprints: </li></ul><ul><li>A measure of human demand on the Earth’s resources compared to its ability to replenish what we take. Goal: make our footprints as small as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>How To: </li></ul><ul><li>Carpool </li></ul><ul><li>Buy fresh and non packaged or processed foods </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! </li></ul><ul><li>Conserve Energy! Lights Out! </li></ul><ul><li>Measure your OWN ecological footprint: http://www.royalsaskmuseum.ca/gallery/life_sciences/footprint_mx_2005.swf </li></ul>
  7. 7. Ecological Footprints Around the World
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  9. 9. One has to be alone, under the sky, Before everything falls into place and one finds his or her own place in the midst of it all. We have to have the humility to realize ourselves as part of nature. - Mertonultimgoo Wilderness is a spiritual necessity, an antidote to the high pressure of modern life, a means of regaining serenity and equilibrium. - Sigurd Olson TAKE THE EARTH IN YOUR HANDS AND MAKE THE CHANGE! ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF THE OUTDOORS. *9
  10. 10. References Web and Print Material: www.journeyofhearts.org/healing/nature.html en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecological_footprint www.royalsaskmuseum.ca/gallery/life_sciences/footprint_mx_2005.swf www.essortment.com/all/campinglowimpa_rhah.htm www.quotegarden.com/nature.html An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?, Kant, I. Image Citations: *1 PowerPoint Clip Art Image *2 PowerPoint Clip Art Image *3 www.libcom.org *4 www.farm2.static.flickr.com/1374/1442751344_9e14e0995d.jpg?v=0 *5 www.mdjunction.com *6 www.mrhartansscienceclass.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/footprint.gif *7 www.imageenvision.com *8 www.imageenvision.com *9 www.shutterstock.com