In a number of our blog articles from 2018 we pointed out the unspoken but formidable opponent to our legitimate search for a fuller experience of wellness - our attempt to live at our highest well-being and potential. That opponent is a deteriorating environment and its consequences on our health. It’s like a giant octopus with all its legs pulling us in directions opposite to our wellness goals.
There are policies favoring limited control over the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink. Other policies allow big agro-business to deplete the quality of the soil where our food is grown yielding less wholesome nutritional value. In addition, our government sanctions the use of pesticides and fertilizers that are harmful to humans. Then the drug companies unabashedly promote a ton of drugs, many of them addictive opioids that sweep untold numbers of people up in their nets, all with profit in mind rather than enhancing health.
Of course, we know that the uncertain time we live in creates a great deal of stress regardless of the income level each one of us achieves. But the over-arching monster is the direct and indirect effects of global warming, affecting the ocean and marine life, increasing dangers from hurricanes and tornadoes, extending areas of dryness in some regions and floods in other parts of the globe. The American continent is obviously not immune to any of this.
So today, in late July 2019, as we have been experiencing a major heat wave in North America, it is worth reminding ourselves of how bad things are getting and how much worse they will be with insufficient corrective action from countries, states and cities and from industries and individuals whereby each is willing to make efforts to contribute to a reduction of our energetic footprint.
Here are excerpts from just two of the multitude of recent reports outlining the depth of the increasingly destructive effect of rising temperature on human health and comfort. We must use our voices to make sure our government and business leaders hear our demands to legislate and make considerable changes immediately.
And from National Geographic:
Freedman, Andrew. “Widespread, Oppressive and Dangerous Heat to Roast Much of the U.S. through the Weekend.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 17 July 2019, www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/07/17/widespread-oppressive-dangerous-heat-roast-much-us-through-weekend/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d002da28bc8e.
Leahy, Stephen. “'Off-the-Charts' Heat to Affect Millions in U.S. in Coming Decades.” National Geographic, 16 July 2019, www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/07/extreme-heat-to-affect-millions-of-americans/.