THE VINE APRIL 7, 2008
April 7th marks the beginning of Public Health Week 2008. Since they began under Bill Clinton, PHWs have focused on issues like disaster relief, infrastructure, and eldercare. This year's campaign, themed "Climate Change: Our Health in
Balance" is tackling the environment. A special partnership between the National Council
for Science and the Environment (NCSE) and the
American Public Health Association is promoting an interdisciplinary approach to the health needs of the planet and its citizens. Planners included not just environmentalists, but leaders from public
health, environmental science, faith-based and other community organizations--an increasingly common sight, as green activists realize that "the environment" refers to, er, everything.
This month you'll be seeing me blog more about the intersection between energy challenges and
everyday needs, and ways in which less worrying about "global warming" can (counterintuitively) nudge Americans toward a healthier, more efficient future.
Kicking off this blog and this week, their recommendations:
yourself about the health impacts of climate change and climate change issues
facing your community, and take actions to prepare for possible
Travel Differently. Leave the car at home
one day, and take public transportation. Walk or bike, but if you need to drive,
carpool – and telecommute if you can.
Eat Differently. Buy food from a
community farmer’s market that doesn’t travel across the country to get to you.
Eat more vegetables, and less meat
Your Work. Use recycled paper if
you don’t already, and even if you do, print less often and on both sides of the
paper. Set your computer to energy-saver mode and buy eco-friendly office
Green Your Home. Seal
and insulate your home and replace air filters
frequently to cut costs and save energy. Reduce your use of wasteful products,
and reuse or recycle the products you do use. Conserve water whenever
possible. [My emphasis]
It's a slightly cheesy, literal "eat-your-vegetables" argument they're making here--but eat them!