At NACAMS, we believe that the complementary and alternative medicine field is inextricably linked to the larger aims of being eco-conscious. If the roots of human health may be found in natural or alternative therapies, so the roots of the overall health of the planet may be found in taking care of the natural world itself. When we consider the larger ecology that supports natural medicine, and the CAM profession by extension, then we are taking the truly holistic view by supporting the planet that sustains us all.
For NACAMS, this holistic approach is one we highly value, as we believe that we have a responsibility to both our clients and to the planet we all share. Along with the basics like on-site recycling at our offices, we also donate to Trees for the Future, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rejuvenation of our natural forests. According to the National Geographic, “the world’s rainforests could completely vanish in a hundred years at the current rate of deforestation,” which is generally equal to forestation losses “the size of Panama” each year.
Since deforestation is a single cause that leads to countless negative environmental effects, we determined to make Trees for the Future our lead charitable cause. Along with our friends at MASSAGE Magazine and Trees for the Future, we plant a tree in the name of each new NACAMS member. While our program itself has great value for the CAM professional, we hope you’ll appreciate that when you sign with us, you will also be commemorated and make an impact within the Trees for the Future program.
In addition to our charitable contributions, we have also developed a unique, paperless system for much of our daily business operations to do our part in promoting eco-friendly business practices and ensure that the future is bright for all complementary and alternative medicine practitioners and their businesses. The more “green” we can be at NACAMS, the better!
We also encourage both our staff and our NACAMS members to do what they can individually to be eco-friendly. Whether it’s choosing to install eco-friendly light bulbs or making an extra effort to consolidate driving errands to lower the carbon footprint, we feel that if everyone does a little, the net impact can mean a lot.
To learn more about Trees for the Future, click here.
To read the article from National Geographic, click here.
For more ways to be eco-friendly in your business, click here.