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Positive Health on Earth Day 2010

  1. 1. Earth Day andPositive Health April 22, 2010 Webinar for HEDIR Craig M. Becker, PhD, CWP East Carolina University beckerc@ecu.edu
  2. 2. OverviewNeed Clean Energy PolicyReview health & Earth Day relationshipHow can positively impact on both!Show how helping self benefits all!
  3. 3. Positive Health = WellnessPositive Health = physical mental & social well-beingHalbert Dunn!Father of Wellness Coined Word - Wellness 1959, 1961 - High Level Wellness for Man & Society Wellness = state more than simple “Unsickness”
  4. 4. Dunn & Earth DayOriginally Dr. Dunn defined wellness as, “… adirection in progress forward and upward,toward a higher potential of functioning...whichinvolves the integration of the whole ...” (Dunn,1961).Wellness & Earth Day What would Dunn say?
  5. 5. Dunn’s Wellness Quadrant Matrix Suggested Need Positive Favorable Health Quadrant Environment E Said area: n Undifferentiated Protected v i High Level Darkly Seen Health r o Wellness n mPremature e Peak Health Axis n Health Axis Death t Wellness a Poor l Low Level Health A Wellness x i s Very Unfavorable Environment
  6. 6. Why Earth day is Important to Positive HealthEnvironmentsRelationship to Action in all Areas ©Craig M. Becker ©Craig M.Becker
  7. 7. RelationshipsPat Love - on Relationships 3 in a relationship (party 1, party 2, relationship) Do things for relationship - then all win!Relationships built on positive InteractionsWe need positive Relationship with Environment Want both us and environment to win
  8. 8. Beneficial RelationshipsNeed relationship with environmentMakes Positive Health possibleBetter environment means = Better Life for selfBe Selfish?
  9. 9. Creating Benefits for Self? Selfish? Yes - WIFM That way all benefit Huh?
  10. 10. Selfish Selfless SynergyPan=all eu=Good,well genic=creating Action Needed: Paneugenic Actions, by individuals, groups or organizations that create the best outcomes for all parties, with a byproduct of pervasive reciprocal positive benefits Application of Systems Appreciation
  11. 11. W. Edwards Deming Check out information at Deming Institute One of Greatest20th Century Thinkers
  12. 12. Guiding PrinciplesContinuous Profound KnowledgeNever EndingImprovement 1. Systems Appreciation 2. Understanding of Variance 3. Theory of Knowledge 4. Psychology Leadership
  13. 13. Systems Appreciation• Everything is a System• You are part of the system• Our environment is the system• If you serve it well - Everybody Wins!• Its Paneugenic!
  14. 14. Another ConnectionDunn & Wellness!Spirituality - Missing Integrated DimensionTo me - Spirituality about: Connections - 1 Source Greater Good Environmentalism
  15. 15. Basic AssumptionsWe all want to be goodConnect to something larger than selfWant to be part of solutionCan we make a difference?
  16. 16. THE STARFISH STORY (Based on the original, by Loren Eiseley)A friend of ours was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset. As hewalked along, he began to see another man in the distance. As he grewcloser, he noticed that the local native kept leaning down, picking somethingup, and throwing it out into the water. Time and again he kept hurling thingsout into the ocean. As our friend approached even closer, he noticed that theman was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, oneat a time, he was throwing them back into the water. Our friend was puzzled.He approached the man and said "Good evening, Friend. I was wonderingwhat you are doing.""Im throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see, its low tide rightnow and all of these starfish have been washed up onto the shore. If I dontthrow them back into the sea, theyll die up here from lack of oxygen.""I understand," our friend replied, "but there must be thousands of starfishon this beach. You cant possibly get to all of them. There are simply toomany. And dont you realize it is probably happening on hundreds of otherbeaches all up and down the coast. Cant you see that you cant possibly makea difference?"The local native smiled, bent down, and picked up yet another starfish, and ashe threw it back into the sea, he replied, "Made a difference to that one!" from Chicken Soup for the Soul
  17. 17. Can we make a difference? Cynicism is not realistic and tough. Its unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you dont have to try. - Peggy Noonan, 1950-present
  18. 18. Can we make a difference? “ I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.” - John Locke
  19. 19. Can we make a difference? “Economics is a value system masquerading as mathematics.” -From Green Certificate Preconference:
  20. 20. Why be part of solution? Most people have reasonable self-image Believe self competent, moral, smart Cognitive Dissonance If violate own values, feel bad Being part of solution Enhances self-image Helps you feel good! Meet Innate Needs
  21. 21. Quest to Meet Needs•Need meaning from multiple sources •Environmental Opportunity•Meaning necessary but insufficient for happiness•No meaning - happiness elusive •➜ Meaning prerequisite for happiness
  22. 22. Being part of Solution Meets NeedsFrom Positive Psychology HandbookHow Make Sense of Life - Hardwired to find meaning!1. Need for Purpose - connection to future2. Need for Values - justifies course of action3. Need for Sense of Efficacy - can make a difference4. Need or Basis of Self-Worth - reason believe good
  23. 23. What Can we do?Some ideas to attend to needs Transportation Yard-Work Food Choices Daily Actions
  24. 24. Transportation• Cars and pollution• Hybrids, driving habits - Impact• My habits - hybrid, bike• Connects actions and benefits• WIFM, WIFT - win-win-win!• Its Paneugenic
  25. 25. Yard-work• Everything need already there - use it!• Conversation with God about lawns
  26. 26. Conversation with Creator, Lawn CareImagine the conversation The Creator might have had with St. Francis about lawns:......................GOD: Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there onthe planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a per-fect, no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and mul-tiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees andflocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But all I see are these greenrectangles.ST. FRANCIS: Its the tribes that settled there, Lord: The Suburbanites. They started calling yourflowers "weeds" and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.GOD: Grass?? But its so boring. Its not colorful. It doesnt attract butterflies, birds and bees, onlygrubs and sod worms. Its sensitive to temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grassgrowing there?ST. FRANCIS: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begineach spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make theSuburbanites happy.ST. FRANCIS: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it, sometimes twice aweek.GOD: They cut it? Do they then bail it like hay?ST. FRANCIS: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.GOD: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?ST. FRANCIS: No Sir. Just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.GOD: Now let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And when it does grow, theycut it off and pay to throw it away?ST. FRANCIS: Yes, sir. continue
  27. 27. Yard-work• Lawn & Green Grass Theory• WIFM, WIFT - Win-Win-Win• Its Paneugenic!
  28. 28. Earth Day & Food• Relationship of diet to other aspects of life • Environment • Animal treatment • Resources: Land use, water, fossil • Control well-being, weight, energy, moods etc.• Animal based diets and kind world? • Review at www.Meatrix.com
  29. 29. Food Choices“Nothing will benefit human health and increasethe chances of survival on earth as much as theevolution to a vegetarian diet.” -Albert Einstein• The connections are everywhere…• WIFM, WIFT?Suggested Readings:Jon Robbins; Food Revolution & Diet for a New America• Our Food Choices can be Paneugenic!
  30. 30. Water Consumption Connection ½ of all water used here is for our Livestock production Gallons Needed for 1lb of Food Tomatoes, 23 – Milk, 130 Lettuce, 23 – Eggs, 544 Potatoes, 24 – Chicken, 815 Wheat, 25 – Pork, 1630 Carrots, 33 – Beef, 5214 Apples, 49 Oranges, 65 Grapes, 70
  31. 31. Land Use Connections lbs of food from Acre ofEnergy Consumption Land:Fossil Fuels used to create Cherries 5000- 1 calorie from beef – 78 Green Beans 10,000from soybeans – 2 Apples 20,000 Carrots 30,000½ of all Total energy Potatoes 40,000expended by agriculture is Tomatoes 50,000for livestock production Celery 60,000 Beef 250 Land Utilization Landmass Grazed for Livestock = 1/2
  32. 32. Claim: Vegetarianism could help climateAlan Calverd argues, "I am not a vegetarian or ananimal-rights advocate. But...ditching meaty mealscould do more to cut greenhouse gas emissions thanburning less oil and gas.”• If everyone had a primarily plant-based diet •Cut greenhouse gas emissions by 21% •From animal to food production•In addition - Vegetarianism has health benefits.
  33. 33. Food Choice Benefits• CONTRIBUTE TO: Cleaner water, Air, more energy, clearer thinking, better skin, feeling of well-being, less waste, less rainforest deforested, less water consumption• Kinder World = Better Health Status• Overall, choosing more plant based foods contributes to Positive Health & Healthier Plant for self and all
  34. 34. What can you Do to Help, Daily? Also Refer to: www.everydayactivist.comThings You can do: • Go Green - Renewable Energy• **Buy Better Bulbs -Energy Star Site • Solar Option???• Run appliances when Full **Car Options• **2 Degree Change • Greener Car/Driving Style• Water Heater <=120 • **Keep car tuned and pumped• Double-Pane Windows • **Combine Trips• Keep Clean A/C Filter - Lifetime • **Carpool - social wellness• Upgrade to Energy Star Appliances • Be Light - Empty Trunk• Be Unplugged - turn off strip-save $$ • Don’t be Idle (Hybrid benefit)• Power Showers • Use A/C sparingly - watch drag Be An• Low Flow Appliances Shop at Our Impact Advocate• Push Mower Farmers Footprint Calculator Sierra Club• **Plant a Tree Market • Advocate Regularly and with Group• Buy Local • Sign Sierra Club Energy Petition• **Practice 3 R’s - Reduce/Reuse/Recycle
  35. 35. More Simple Things... Add: •Compost •OptOut of Junk Mail •Cloth Bags Too much to do?
  36. 36. Remember as JanaStanfield suggests….we can’t do it all, but theworld needs all the good we can do…www.janastanfield.com
  37. 37. Earth Day & Positive Health • Helping environment • Helps others and self! • Celebrate Earth Day daily • Its Paneugenic • Enables positive health