EARTH HEALTH



The connection between the urban world of human society, and the natural world, since the industrial revolution, has been remote and widening.   
The paradox is that there has never been a time when more people are out-of-touch with the natural world, then there is now.   
We are now so numerous; so powerful; so all-pervasive, the mechanisms we have for destruction are so wholesale (frightening), we can actually exterminate whole ecosystems without even noticing it. 
Sir David Attenborough, Naturalist


We are the farthest away from nature that we have ever been. This means that our modern lifestyle choices are less and less health-promoting. This increases the need for health education.

Health Literacy
We are not born with the knowledge of health. That education is not available presently to individuals, or for health and medical professionals in Canada. We are health illiterate because there is no definitive, coherent language for us to use to communicate with each other about health; to educate ourselves; nor does a comprehensive system exist for the evaluation of health, and for practical application.






Earth Health
A healthy environment is essential for human physiological health. There is a parallel story about our health and the environment. The same ideas inform our environmental,  personal, and healthcare choices. Both are seriously threatened by our choices.


Canada ranks 24th out of 25 developed countries for environmental health and sustainability.
A 2010 study: The Maple Leaf in The OECD, conducted by Simon Fraser University, rated the environmental record of the 25 developed countries belonging to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), using 28 environmental indicators.  

Canada is Ground Zero For Health
According to the World Health Organization's 2011 Report on Disease in Canada, Canadians are leading the worldwide epidemic of chronic disease, and in 2013, 29.3 billion dollars was spent on prescription drugs; 36% of Canadians take two or more prescription drugs, among the highest of the 11 other OECD countries surveyed. These figures have not improved ...

Health is the missing consideration. If health has an equal place alongside critical care and cure, profit and progress; better choices are made, and the benefits are more comprehensive and sustainable. 

HEALTH COACH proposes that a healthy environment and healthy citizens are the most profitable choice individually, and collectively. 




Check this out:  Nature Rx



click to expand


There is hope in our personal choices. We create the world we live in, each one of us, by all of the little things that we choose every day. Therefore, if we make little changes, we can change the world. 

There is also hope because ingenuity, resourcefulness and adaptability is coded in our DNA. Now, aspirations are being achieved at the very same time someone is saying it can't be done; biofuels from bacteria and algae are freeing up valuable arable land, and food is being grown in the Sahara desert using desalinated ocean water.

We are creating history by building bridges of communication and information in this developing technological age that could help us to make healthier choices for people and planet.

DO YOU KNOW?
The best way to save the planet? Drop meat and dairy



Check this out:
Plastic to Oil Fantastic
  





Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens 
can change the world. 
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. 
Margaret Mead



  
Practical Tips 

  • Reduce and eliminate household and personal care product chemicals. Toxipedia 





Nature, 
to be commanded, 
must be obeyed.      
Francis Bacon





I am grateful for this most amazing day, 
for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, 
and for the blue dream of sky 
and for everything which is natural, 
which is infinite, 
which is yes.     
E.E. Cummings


  
  • Go outside.
  • THE ONE NATURE CHALLENGEThe David Suzuki Foundation challenges you to spend 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days to kick-start a nature habit that lasts all year-round.
  • Check this out: Breathing Earth
  • Remember and honour the wild places in nature where you used to play.
  • Man's heart away from nature becomes hard. Chief Standing Bear
  • Ocean Keepers
    • Cognitive ComputingDigital technology has the ability to connect us to the environment in an intimate way, and to inform and predict the health of the earth; to solve the disparity between the limitations of our intelligence and our ability to create a sustainable future on the planet. 
    • Build bridges.







    Green Action Centre


       

    The woods were made for the hunters of dreams,
    The brooks for the fishers of song;
    To the hunters who hunt for the gunless game, 
    The streams and the woods belong. 
    Sam Walter Foss





    DO YOU KNOW?

    Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, Labrador, Newfoundland: 
    Canadas' 17th UNESCO World Heritage Site