Nature’s Classroom

I often associate nature with community. Nature often serves as a home for communal gatherings, no matter what they may be. Just think of all the camps, concerts, festivals that list nature as their venue. I believe nature has a unique ability to drown out the stresses of everyday life and send us to a place in which the outside world has no effect, should we let it. We think clearly, listen deeply, and act passionately. What if we were to use that to our advantage when educating people?

When approaching the topic of HIV/AIDS prevention, education serves as a key player. Access to information about the spread of the virus is essential in any attempt to stop it. In my opinion, this a key when trying to approach the situation abroad. In the less-reached areas, especially of Sub-Saharan Africa, access to information is quite scarce. One cannot rely on pamphlets in the doctor’s office or in-school education to reach all of the areas touched by HIV/AIDS. In this case, it might be better to turn to a communal gathering to educate the people in the affected areas. This only involves a learned speaker, active advertising, and word of mouth. If the picture of a suffering-free world is given, the people will come to learn about how to achieve it. The key is access. Return to nature, gather the people in these less-reached areas, and educate them about how they can prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.



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