WE CHALLENGE YOU TO CREATE YOUR OWN SIT SPOT
Getting outside into nature is healthy and fun, and you can make it a daily part of your life. Studies on being outside in green spaces have shown that being in nature can restore and strengthen our mental capacities, and increase our focus and attention. In addition, being in nature can be a way for individuals to become catalysts for change in a fun and healthy way.
What IS a sit spot? This fun outdoor experience is merely a place outside where you can sit and study nature wherever it surrounds you. Sit spots can be pristine and wild but they can also be your spot in the suburbs or the heart of a city. Only two essentials are needed for a sit spot: you feel safe and there are some components of nature present. You can sit on the ground or a bench or a step or a log. It helps, of course, if your sit spot is close to where you live, so it can easily be visited daily if you choose. Daily visits help you observe how nature progresses and changes as each day passes.
An important element you can add to your sit spot is "journaling." Keeping a small notebook with you to jot your observations and perhaps sketch what you might see is a useful addition to sit spotting. Regular writing (and sketching, too) makes you feel good, it helps you slow down and pay attention to what is around you. Writing can help you clarify your thoughts and feelings, relax, and get to know yourself better. It can also document what you are observing, as can a simple camera on your mobile phone. However you "journal," you can make a difference through this peaceful pastime, becoming a catalyst for change. This site has some good tips on getting started with nature journaling: https://johnmuirlaws.com/how-to-get-started-with-nature-journaling/
Now, how does it help you become a catalyst for change? This part is also simple. Many approaches can assist in enhancing biodiversity and driving change to help make our earth sustainable for the generations to come. Among the simplest is sharing your information:
1. You can upload any images you see to iNaturalist (or similar sites) and keep a record of the plants and wildlife in your area. Over time, these records can help detect changes in nature that, if left unchanged, could reduce sustainable environments; others can use your observations to find the data they need to work on offsetting habitat loss; or
2. You can post your images and daily observation to Facebook or other social media, and spread awareness. Small changes made cumulatively can create big impact!
It all begins with the simple act of observing nature. Whether you are concerned with global warming, pollinator protection, wildlife habitat loss, or other conservation actions, you can help. Find your sit spot today!