Environmental Health Promotion

Environmental health is one of my favorite topics in public health. I often think about ways in which people behave, and live our lives, and how it all affects the world around us. The Story of Stuff Project (click any green bolded words to go to the link)was a great resource! They “explore some of the key features of our relationship with Stuff—including how we can make things better.” Especially looking at how we over-consume and produce a lot of waste. The project has a lot of great information and ideas to share.

The main Story of Stuff Movie was eye opening, it is a great “big picture” video. After viewing it I was interested in learning more about what their site had to offer. I read several articles and watched several videos. The video below, Story of Bottled Water, caught my eye because I always carry a reusable water bottle, because it is cheap and easy. However, I have never spent much time considering the life cycle and environmental impact of disposable water bottles in comparison. Again, the video did a great job of making me think. I started to look around and noticed that disposable water bottles are everywhere. Carrying a reusable bottle is an quick and easy change that anyone could, and should, do.

Next, I would like to share a resource similar to Story of Stuff Project. It is The Center for a New American Dream. Click the picture to go to their website.

Their mission:

The Center for a New American Dream helps Americans to reduce and shift their consumption to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and promote social justice.

They work to raise awareness of our consumer habits and how they affect individuals, communities, and the environment, and to  “conserve natural resources, counter the commercialization of our culture, support community engagement, and promote positive changes in the way goods are produced and consumed”. There is more information about their different programs below.

Their programs include:

  • Redefining the Dream – seeks to re-imagine the American dream with a focus on more of what really matters: creating a meaningful life, contributing to community and society, valuing nature, and spending time with loved ones.
  • Beyond Consumerism – strives to create a vision of life beyond overconsumption, disposable lifestyles, and perpetual marketing, and to provide the tools to help families, citizens, educators, and activists rein in consumerism in their own lives and in broader society.
  • Collaborative Communities – strives to inspire, connect, support, and equip community members to create local initiatives that build community capacity and social ties, increase ecological sustainability, and foster greater livability and economic vitality.

Check out their blog, where you can access a large range of tips to help you be more environmentally friendly…

…and links to some of my favorite articles I read on their blog and website (click the pictures to go to the articles):

Simplify the Holidays

Reader Submissions: How I Simplify the Holidays

Embrace the Risk: Shop With Recycled Containers

Easy Steps to Waste-Free School Lunches