Nashville Church of Scientology and The Way to Happiness Association Hold Neighborhood Cleanup for World Environment Day 2022

The Church of Scientology, in partnership with the Way to Happiness Association of Tennessee, observed World Environment Day with an event and community cleanup.

According to the Nashville Area Metro Planning Organization, “transportation, and policies that guide the expansion of transportation infrastructure are increasingly linked to a variety of environmental issues.” It’s no doubt that Nashville has been experiencing unprecedented growth, but what is happening to the natural environment as this growth occurs?

Volunteers from the Nashville Church of Scientology on a neighborhood cleanup on World Environment Day
Volunteers from the Nashville Church of Scientology on a neighborhood cleanup on World Environment Day

This was the subject of the World Environment Day event at the Church of Scientology, organized in partnership with The Way to Happiness Association of Tennessee.

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect the environment.

The Way to Happiness Association, which sponsored the event, was created to promote the book The Way to Happiness, written by humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. The book’s 21 precepts are based on the principle that one’s survival depends on the survival of others. “Your own survival can be threatened by the bad actions of others around you,” he wrote. “You are important to other people. You are listened to. You can influence others.”

One way in which one’s own actions and influence can make a significant impact is closely related to the purpose of World Environment Day. In the precept “Safeguard and Improve the Environment,” Mr. Hubbard wrote: “The idea that one has a share in the planet and that one can and should help care for it may seem very large and, to some, quite beyond reality. But today what happens on the other side of the world, even so far away, can effect what happens in your own home…. There are many things one can do to help take care of the planet. They begin with the idea that one should. They progress with suggesting to others they should. Man has gotten up to the potential of destroying the planet. He must be pushed on up to the capability and actions of saving it. It is, after all, what we’re standing on.”

The Way to Happiness book on film section on Safeguard and Improve Your Environment was played for all volunteers. Then they geared up with safety vests, grabbers and garbage bags and headed down Chestnut Avenue toward Fort Negley to clean up the roadside.

World Environment Day was set aside by the UN as “the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.” This year the theme was #OnlyOneEarth and tens of thousands organized their own activities, including the planting of millions of trees, cleaning up trash and taking actions.

Immensely popular since its first publication in 1981, millions of copies of The Way to Happiness have been distributed in 115 languages in 186 nations. It holds the Guinness World Record as the single most-translated nonreligious book and fills the moral vacuum in an increasingly materialistic society. The Church of Scientology and its members are proud to share the tools for happier living contained in The Way to Happiness.

The Church of Scientology Nashville is an Ideal Scientology Organization, dedicated in April 2009 by Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige. The Church is configured to service Scientologists in their ascent to spiritual freedom and serve as a home for the entire community a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.

The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.

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