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EnviRN News – January 8, 2018 – California Budget Potpourri Resolutions Footprint

Januar 8, 2018

From ANHE California

Please join us starting this Friday for this 2-part webinar series by Dr. Seth Shonkoff on oil and gas production and storage in California. Dr. Shonkoff has been instrumental in making the case for public health in California as it relates to oil/gas issues! Each webinar approved for 1 nursing CE credit (FREE!).

January 12, 2018 1-2PM PST– Public Health Dimensions of Oil & Gas Development in California: Science and Policy Perspectives

January 26, 2018 1-2PM PST– Human Health Hazards, Risks, and Impacts Associated with Underground Gas Storage in California

Carbon budget

This is a wonderful graphic that you can use in your slide presentations to visualize the world carbon budget. Everyone can understand “blow the budget” though for me “stay within the budget” is something I get very well deserved suggestions about from the household CFO. Go to Carbon Budget.


Greenland – 270 billion tons of ice seems like a lot to me. Maybe an instance where we are thankful for water retention? Go to GreenlandGreen Men – We of the Y chromosome have so many things to work on. Probably best for me to say nothing other than let’s add to the list this to think about: go to Men Resist Green BehaviorecoAmerica – A lot of good stuff at the ecoAmerica site. Check out the December poll. Change is slow, but in the right direction, inexorable, like a moving glacier. Go to ecoAmericaResearch – For all you researchers out there look at the All of Us Project at NIH. Go to All. Ok – I am not a researcher other than trying to figure out what my kids are talking about, but this looks very interesting.


It is one week into the new year and you already know you will fail at those personal resolutions – eat better, exercise more, be patient, think good thoughts, finally read Don Quixote, and floss every day. Be brave. Get out your Sharpie marker and cross them out. Instead do these:

There are five ANHE workgroups (go to ANHE) – during the next 12 months join one call from two of the groups. Pick two groups. Join each at least once. How hard was that? Easier than flossing.

Let’s grow ANHE. Get one colleague to go to the web site. Look over their shoulder to make sure they explore a bit and actually sign up for the newsletter. Give them an extra pat on the back if they take a peek at the eText. Well, that takes maybe 20 minutes? Certainly quicker than working your way to page 60 of DQ and reading about the windmills.

Write an opinion piece. Maybe an op-ed. Maybe a blog. Maybe something on social media (I have no idea what that entails, but I bet you do). Write something that pushes the envelope. Nurses are the most trusted profession and are obligated to speak out. Ok, this one takes a little more time. However, you had already changed your plan for 5 days a week at the gym to 2 days, so use the other three to write your piece.

Ask a question to a candidate. There are 500,000 elected positions in the united states and all are important. That person running for recreation district board may be the governor in your grandchild’s state 25 years from now. Primary season is the best time to ask a question. Remember, this task is scary but not dangerous. There are things that are dangerous but apparently not scary, like global warming, and therefore you have to ask the question. Reward yourself – this one substitutes for that eat better resolution, splurge, get a latte with whole milk instead of skim.

Carbon Footprint

I know many of you have used a web site to calculate your carbon footprint. Which one(s) do you like best? Easiest to use? Most accurate – it calculates your footprint and not your toe print? Let me know and we will publish the ones you recommend.


APHN annual conference – April 29 – May 2, 2018
Clean Med – May 7-9, 2018
ACHNE annual conference – June 7-9, 2018

Webinars and Courses

Webinar – Climate change, health equity, and environmental justice from MPHA
Webinar – Project ECHO for reproductive and pediatric environmental health
Webinar – PEHSU Grand Rounds
Webinar – Brain Development – UOG
Webinar – EPA Schools – Archived
Webinar – EPA Rules and Children – Archived
Webinar – Mental Health and Climate – Archived
Course – Case Studies in Environmental Medicine – Case Studies
Course – Chemicals of Concern – Six Classes

ANHE Website

Go to ANHE.

ANHE has a number of workgroups. Education, Practice, Research, Policy, and Climate. If you are interested in one of them, go to the pull down menu ‘Work Groups’ at the ANHE site.


Remember – ANHE is your nursing organization that works for you on environmental issues. Keep it going, go to Donate.

Be Well!

Tom Engle
Newsletter Ed.