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EnviRN News – April 22, 2019

April 22, 2019

“Is that how we lived, then? But we lived as usual. Everyone does, most of the time. Whatever is going on is as usual. Even this is as usual, now. We lived, as usual, by ignoring. Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.” Offred

Nursing Summit on Environmental Health

So looking forward to seeing you in Nashville on May 6 and 7 in association with the annual CleanMed Conference. Titled “Calling All Nurses: Leading the Way to Healthy Environments”. Registration is at the CleanMed site. Take a look at the agenda at Summit Agenda, and note you can also get to the registration from that ANHE page.


Ok. You are on your way to Nashville but need something to do on the way. Take a look at the American Climate Leadership Summit 2019 in Washington, D. C. on May 1st and 2nd. Go to ecoAmerica. While you are at the website take a look at all ecoAmerica has to offer – Research, Guides, Programs!


If my daughter was here she would figure out how to link you to the documentary Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017). My library has the DVD but that doesn’t do you much good. This is apparently National Reducing Food Waste Month. Take a look at Waste. You know this is important because you have been a deep reader of Drawdown. As you know Barb Sattler is leading the ANHE discussion about a variety of environmental issues related to food. A couple of the resources she sends us regarding waste: Guide. Trash. Food Share.


You are on the treadmill, DON’T turn on CNN. Rather go to ANHE Podcast and listen to the new one featuring Heidi Ritchie. Beth and she talk about Heidi’s policy work in the Minneapolis Mayor’s office!

Climate Change Potpourri 

Take a look at the Global Change Indicators. My favorite is the Start of Spring one. Late 50’s I am 9, school is done for the year, I get on the farm bus at 5am to go pick strawberries (shouldn’t have been allowed probably). Now when school gets done for the year the local strawberry season is almost over. The farmer where I get my blueberries she tells me they are 3 weeks earlier now than when she started running the farm 30+ years ago. I am glad I am not a farmer. Go to Global Change Indicators.


Cue up your favorite Forever song – Since we have already mentioned them how about Strawberry Fields Forever – and think a bit about our forever chemicals such as PFAs. We can take action. Note the work of EWG, Clean Water Connecticut, Philadelphia, and Clean and Healthy New York.

Conferences and Webinars and Such

Association of Public Health Nurses 4/23-4/26 – APHN
CleanMed and ANHE Nursing Summit 5/6-5/9 – Schedule
ACHNE Conference 5/30-6/1 – ACHNE
APHA Annual Conference 11/2-11/6 – APHA
Climate Change and Nursing Video Series – Video
CEHN Protecting Children’s Environmental Health – Blueprint Series
PEHSU National Classroom – PEHSU Webinars and Modules

Be Well!

Tom Engle
Newsletter Ed.

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