Mindful Climate Action is an educational and behavior change program designed to help people decrease their carbon footprints while enhancing their personal health and happiness. Our interdisciplinary team, consisting of physicians, scientists and environmental advocates, has spent several years designing the Mindful Climate Action (MCA) program.
The MCA team has published four peer-reviewed papers. We started with a description of the health threats that climate change poses, and then described our mindfulness-based approach towards improving personal health while lowering carbon footprint. The paper by Maggie Grabow et al. portrays the results of our first feasibility/demonstration project, while the most recent one describes a dietary intake environmental impact calculator developed by team member Tom Bryan.
- Climate Change, Human Health, and Epidemiological Transition
- An Environmental Impact Calculator for 24-h Diet Recalls
- Mindful Climate Action: Health and Environmental Co-Benefits from Mindfulness-Based Behavioral Training
- Mindfulness and Climate Change Action: A Feasibility Study
For the first pilot, UW scientists came to the class and gave mini-lectures to the students. We have now made videos of those talks, which you can view here: