On Sunday, February 19th, amidst Yale’s snowy campus, AYUDH Yale-Connecticut members took some time to “Reconnect with Nature.” Students reflected on lessons about selflessness, sacrifice, and love from Nature’s example, learned about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), tried their hand at hydroponic gardening, and enjoyed food, conversation, and a hands-on project. Inspired by SDG #2–Zero Hunger, each participant built a six-plant windowsill garden out of low cost materials to model sustainable, urban farming, which is vital in ending hunger across communities. Plants included Italian Parsley, Thyme, Cilantro, Sweet Basil, Dill Bouquet, Oregano, Chives, Summer Savory, Garlic Chives, Mustard Leaves, Culinary Sage, Swiss Chard, Mixed Lettuce, Kale, Lolla Rossa Lettuce, Spinach, Buttercrunch Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Arugula.
“All of nature symbolizes love. The wind flows, lovingly caressing the good and the evil alike, regardless of class, creed and color. A river flows for and serves all humanity—both saint and criminal bathe in it; a leper and a healthy person use it; many pollute the river; many cleanse themselves by bathing in it. Whether used reverentially or otherwise, the river is not concerned. Thus the various objects of nature are emblematic of sacrifice, love and selflessness. With its incessant activity for the good of humanity, nature is a shining example for us to emulate.” ~ Amma