Welcome to the Wheel of Wellbeing (WoW) – a simple framework designed to improve people’s health, happiness and wellbeing by focusing on six areas – Body, Mind, Spirit, People, Place and Planet. This monthly newsletter provides a roundup of the latest wellbeing tips, activities, research and resources to inspire better health and wellbeing. Tap into them — for yourself, your families, workplaces, schools and communities — and help create a happier world for us all.
This month we focus on vital components and supporters of our ecosystems such as mountains and soil. We also acknowledge the contribution of scientists, engineers and researchers in locations such as Antarctica and more globally.
Why not use these inspiring international days to create a focal point for wellbeing activities in your school, workplace or community?
1st December – Antarctic Day
Are you familiar with the Antarctic Treaty? Antarctica day celebrates the signing of the 1959 treaty which set aside 10% of the earth to be protected and used exclusively for peaceful purposes such as scientific research and exploration.
5th December – World Soil Day
Every year the UN celebrates World Soil Day, with this year’s campaign being “Soils: Where food begins”. They celebrate this day with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of healthy ecosystems for global wellbeing, as well as acknowledging the challenges of soil management.
10th December – Nobel Prize Day
Named after the engineer Alfred Nobel, the Nobel prize award celebrates the world changing accomplishments which are deemed to represent the “best in humanity”, these cover a number of categories which reflect Alfred’s interests and fields of work. Why not take the time to learn about this year’s winners, their work and its global impact! You might learn something new.
11th December – International Mountain Day
This years theme for international mountain day is “Women Move Mountains”. The UN has selected this theme is recognition of the key role which women play in protecting the environmental, social and economic development of mountains. This role includes managing mountain resources, protecting biodiversity and upholding traditional knowledge and culture. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations shares a number of important messages to illustrate the value of mountains for our planet: “Mountains host about half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Mountains cover around 27% of the earth’s land surface. Mountains are home to 15% of the world’s population. More than half of humanity relies on mountain freshwater for everyday life”
Watch this 5 minute animation designed to demonstrate how soil degradation threatens agricultural production, food security and sustainability.
Want to know more about Antarctica? Watch this short video on Antarctica designed by National Geographic for kids or this insightful TedTalk designed for adults.
Antarctica Education Packs
On World Antarctic Day, Global Dimensions will share the Antarctic education pack which the co-created alongside the Harmony Project. This will include educational resources for all subjects connecting the natural environments of Antarctica.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has put together a number of fun resources to share with friends and family to celebrate World Soil Day. These include: Baking, taking part in social media campaigns, taking part in experiments and quizzes!
Choose your own winner
Do you have your own idea of who should win a Nobel prize for their contributions to humanity? Why not share your views with others and see who they come up with, you could take turns presenting and put it to a vote. You may learn about something new!
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