Experience the emotional and health benefits of being in nature


Transition Bluffton will hold a public event on Tuesday, September 18, at the Bluffton University Nature Preserve during which participants will experience the emotional and health benefits of being in nature. Although modern technologies are making our life easier, more and more people are experiencing a sense of unease and anxiety. New scientific research is concluding that our being disconnected from nature may be the cause. Scientists are finding that a connection to the natural world is crucial for our health and well-being.
Join Beth Theisen, a naturalist at the Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District, to experience the calm and peace that nature provides as you decrease your stress hormones, your blood pressure, and your feelings of overwhelm. Participants will meet for this introductory experience at 6:30 pm in the main parking lot of the Bluffton University Nature Preserve located at 10535 Augsburger road in Bluffton. All are welcome to join us to reap the health benefits of being in nature!
In case of rain, the event will take place on October 2 at the same time and same place.

Composting for Non-Farmers: Sharing Ideas

We are fortunate in Bluffton to have curbside recycling to keep many of our recyclables out of landfills. But what about our food waste? Join Sally Weaver Sommer, Jon Sommer and Wendy Chappell-Dick for a forum discussion on small scale and community composting. The program is designed for inexperienced and experienced composters alike. The program will consist of a short presentation and sharing by participants about what has worked well and what has not worked well for them. Ideas for creating community wide opportunities to compost will be discussed in addition to single-home composting.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency food is the largest single source of waste in our landfills. The EPA estimates that 20 percent of what goes into municipal landfills is food, and consumers are responsible for 40 to 50 percent of this food waste. While reducing the amount of food waste in our kitchens and at our tables is important in addressing this problem, composting is a way of keeping the waste we do create from entering the landfill with the added bonus of providing fertile soil for our gardens and yards.

The event is sponsored by Transition Bluffton and will take place in the Town Hall meeting room at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 13.

Activism- Make it Local

Struggling to get that change you so desperately know the world needs?  Running out of money and steam while trying hard to make important changes in the world?  Have you considered the power of making that change locally.

That is one of the goals of Transition US and one of the basic precepts of Transition Bluffton.  There is power in starting with our own families, houses and land that can lead to great change at a community level.  Working locally allows you to direct all your energies toward a solution you can enjoy the outcome of directly and still make global change.  Once others outside the community notice the positive change within your community they will want to know how the change occurred. When they come to you TEACH them.  This is where true activism occurs.

Sign up on the right to get the Newsletter from Transition Bluffton or email admin@transitionbluffton.org to get involved with others locally.