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“… every year climate change leaves over 300,000 people dead, 325 million people seriously affected, and economic losses of US$125 billion. Four billion people are vulnerable, and 500 million people are at extreme risk.” (GHF 2009, p.1)
Being a greener OT – things OTs can do! Using bikes to get to work Lobbying work places to support biking to work schemes Using public transport more for visits Try to group visits particularly when working in rural areas. ? Try to visit with colleagues Join greener OT Car sharing Video conferencing Having a work pool bike Lobbying employment services to ensure they are looking at sustainable careers for people with LD Lobbying work places to consider heating arrangement e.g. Not having central control of heating systems Trying to reduce the number of out of area placements Using electronic records Using smart boards to project minutes at meetings so everyone does not have to have a copy More effective use of virtual working groups Smarter printing e.g. Printing at half the size and double siding copying
Supporting service users to be green– things OT’s can do! Supporting local projects such as BTCV Green gym Teaching service users to take responsibility for the environment – teaching them about green issues Encourage service users to buy greener products Supporting people to do sustainable occupations such as having a vegetable patch Start local projects in residential homes – many homes have large gardens, invite local people to use some of the land to group produce and encourage them to teach people with LD how to grow Encourage service users to compose things Run eco education groups Develop an audit tool that service users could use to see how green their house is Drift wood projects – picking up litter and using for art projects Recycling projects Continence promotion to reduce the amount of pads used Walking bus or providing a member of staff who sits on a public bus which service users catch to day services rather than putting on transport Help people make informed decisions about getting a taxi verses a bus Health promotion groups to include ‘green’ education