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Eco-friendly Music Therapy: OKUKO Tackles Climate Change

Updated: Sep 28, 2021

Climate change is our issue. We all, as the planet's residents, need to take action. OKUKO as a music therapy practice is no exception. To tackle climate change, OKUKO makes music therapy eco-friendly in the following ways. This blog post is informed by "9 things you can do about climate change", written by Grantham Institute at Imperial College London.

1. Use green energy

OKUKO cannot go without energy as online music therapy cannot happen without electronic devices and the Internet. OKUKO operates from the office signing a contract with GREENa, which is a Japanese energy company providing solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal, and biomass power. This is to reduce the use of fossil fuels, hence reducing carbon dioxide. Needless to say, OKUKO uses less energy wherever possible.

NB OKUKO does not operate from the registration office.

2. No paper used

Online music therapy does not need papers, owing to technology. No paper means no trees being cut, which contributes to the issue of deforestation. Traditionally, it was common to use leaflets, consent forms, questionnaires, and letters in face-to-face music therapy. Online music therapy, however, allows us to do all those communications through digital formats.

3. No journey needed

No journey means no carbon footprint. Not only does it save carbon dioxide, but also it saves time and money. It's good for us and for the Earth. If music therapy is available within walking or cycling distance for you, excellent. But it is most likely you have to travel by car or public transport, potentially airplane, which contributes to the greenhouse gas issue. This is not to undervalue face-to-face music therapy and journeys needed for it at all, but it is important to provide a choice for those who are conscious of the impact on the environment.

4. Use secondhand or eco-friendly musical instruments

Musical instruments commonly use wood, plastics, and metal and those do not decompose. There are many musical instrument makers that use sustainable resources, but there are already lots of secondhand musical instruments on the Earth that are waiting to be played. All the musical instruments used at OKUKO are secondhand ones or eco-friendly ones.

5. Reduce waste and recycle wherever possible

There is no denying that OKUKO's operation involves physical materials at times. Nevertheless, OKUKO tries to reduce waste and recycle those wherever and however possible.

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(We will suggest potential dates for an assessment session for you.)

Assessment Session/s

(An assessment session aims for both of us to see how music therapy could meet your needs. It would be helpful for us to know the reason/s why you would like to have music therapy. There would be also a chance for us to play music together.)

Consent Form

(After the assessment, if you agree to start a course of music therapy, we will ask you to fill in a consent form and will discuss a start date with you.)

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