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EnviRN News – May 8, 2017 – Perspective March Water Earth School Cotton Conferences Webinars Dates Workgroups

ANHE Perspectives – Lisa Campbell

Nurses play a key role in policy advocacy and to that end have a moral obligation to be involved in sociopolitical activities. Policy Advocacy requires a well-researched message delivered succinctly, preferably using three key points, to a policy maker or policy makers with the intent to inform.  The ultimate desire is to improve health by influencing decisions What does it look like when nurses become involved in environmental health advocacy? Read more at Advocacy.

Climate March

You marched in many places. See Katie’s notes and pictures from the D. C. version at March.

Don’t Go Near the Water

We all remember the Beach Boys singing “Don’t Go Near the Water” 45 years ago. Now the map is becoming much clearer. At NRDC scroll down to the map and look for your county. As a bonus there is a nice list of SDWA rules.

Earth is a Big Place

OK, it is not the easiest web site to navigate, but if you are tenacious there is good information about international work on chemicals at COP. Even better is the good news reported about international cooperation to deal with the chemical swamp we swim in.

School is Almost Out

Time to pull out that tape of American Graffiti, remember the good things that did not happen, and smile. Remember your favorite grade school teacher. I do. I bet my fourth grade teacher a milk shake I could do the math test faster than she. I lost. Maybe it is time for us to reach out to the grade school down the street and ask if they have the latest news from the Heartland Institute sowing doubt about the climate crisis. A nurse and teacher talking over coffee seems like a very good thing. Go to Climate Noise.

Wool or Cotton

Friend of my daughter – “No leather, no wool, no honey”. Now granted she is from one of the seeds and nuts capitals of the world Eugene, Oregon. I’m aghast, NO WOOL? I did some looking and found Wool or Cotton. As with many things I got guidance rather than commandment, but the walk through the issues is stimulating. I told my daughter that like everyone in Heinlein’s “The Puppet Masters” we could all regardless of age go topless, she left the room screaming.


Clean Med Conference May 16-18  –  Clean Med
ANHE Conference June 12th and 13th  –  ANHE

Webinars and Courses

Course – Eliminate Children’s Lead Exposure – Lead
Webinar – Bed Bugs – May 9th – Bugs
Webinar – Ending Energy Poverty – May 30 – Energy
Webinar – EPA Rules and Children – Archived
Webinar – Mental Health and Climate – Archived

Other Dates

Thank you Barb Sattler for recommending the film “Tomorrow – Concrete Steps to a Sustainable Future.” Look for info at Tomorrow.

ANHE Workgroups

ANHE has a number of workgroups. Education, Practice, Research, Policy, and Climate. If you are interested in one of them, send me a note and I will forward it to the group leader, I am at (

Be Well!

Tom Engle
Newsletter Ed.