It’s About Resilience

It's About Resilience

Our news and social media feeds are flooded with the appearance of a debate over climate change. And there are plenty of opportunistic capitalists who would love to sell us overpriced “green,” “sustainable,” or “eco-friendly” products to soothe our hyper-vigilant nursing consciences. But what if I were to tell you that it’s not about climate change, or sustainability, or mass extinction, or peak oil, or any other associated topics? Would you write me off as a denier and turn the page? Or would you keep an open mind and read on to consider another perspective?

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What’s in Your Water?

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Image credit: PLOS ONE

Since we bought our 23-acre permaculture homestead in 2014, we’ve been planning on replacing our salt-based ion exchange water softener to avoid any further environmental damage.  But then we got busy with the bees, chickens, goats, gardens…oh, and working full-time, running a business and raising a 2-year-old.

After things calmed down for the winter, we bought a so-called “eco-friendly” whole house water softener and filtration system, only to be overwhelmed by the chemical odor emitted from the pre-filter housing. This prompted us to do the research we can only wish we had had time to do before making such an important purchase, which yielded this article from 2011 living in obscurity on the NIH website…

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Human & Environmental Health are Inextricably Intertwined with #climatehealth

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http://www.lung.org/associations/charters/midland-states/advocacy/doctors-for-climate-health/

“Cleaning up carbon pollution will have an immediate, positive impact on public health; particularly for those who suffer from chronic diseases like asthma, heart disease or diabetes. Doctors” [AND nurses] “understand the critical need to educate the public and policy makers on the need to do more to protect our air, our climate and our health.”