Reginald mentions that he’s an emergency medicine physician and he’s the founder of the 61 Day Challenge. (1:07)
Jeff proceeds with the mindful moment exercise. (3:13)
Reginald shares that the purpose of the 61 Day Challenge is to identify the necessities within the community, and they have a different theme every year that they must consider the mind, the body, and the spirit. (7:16)
Henry mentions that it’s significant to take time for your own mental well-being. (10:16)
Reginald shares that whenever two or three of them gather, they start their meeting or conversation with a reflection. (11:20)
Reginald mentions that Trinity Health of New England is a Catholic healthcare system, and reciting scripture versus taking time to be in the moment, are two different actions. (12:02)
Reginald shares that the 61 Day Challenge is held every year, starting November 1 through December 31. (19:48)
Reginald mentions that they have seen an increase in behavioral health issues within the community. (22:00)
Reginald shares that this year, they’re going to address the most significant aspect of the pandemic. (23:28)
Henry shares the idea that Reginald’s team and the Cloud 9 team came up with a new feature that will be available on the app called, Counting Mindful Minutes. (23:49)
Reginald shares that from a colleague’s perspective, they’re doing it as a region and they will become a much stronger organization. Therefore, they’re more equipped to handle the community and its needs, as they interact with Trinity Health of New England. (27:00)
“We’ve learned a lot from our experiences through the pandemic and we are grateful that we were able to establish a relationship with you guys and the work that you do.” – Dr. Reginald Eadie
“I think I’m blessed to have men or women who do a great job in putting together, and this year’s partnership with you guys is evident that we need to look in the rearview mirror, and try to control the post-pandemic impact that it will have on our minds, our bodies, and our spirits.” – Dr. Reginald Eadie
“So just this interaction, just the time we will take regardless, of the number of minutes to sort of reset and become present at the moment, has the same impact with the food that you eat because of the hormones, foods, and things in that nature.” – Dr. Reginald Eadie
“I think negotiating with the kids is very favorable because it gives them the ability to participate in the decision, they have ownership, it builds responsibility, and instills accountability.” – Dr. Reginald Eadie
“What we’ve gone through from a pandemic perspective and what we will likely go through again, for the remainder of this calendar year. We can’t go through this alone, and we have to have a partnership as you indicate, we’ve got to be the change you want to see.” – Dr. Reginald Eadie
My podcast guest this week, Nate Liebenberg, from South Africa reminded me how important our recycling efforts can be. They make an impact on so many lifeforms especially those in the ocean where the effects of our use of throwaway plastics are not so readily visible. So I am reposting the efforts two University of Connecticut students contributed to creating zero plastic waste on a college campus.
Students at the University of Connecticut are making a difference one issue at a time. Over this past year, the PIRG chapter volunteers got plastic bags banned from dining services. It’s all part of UConn PIRG’s zero waste campaign. Can we make a difference by decreasing plastic bag usage? These students, 2 of whom are my podcast guests this week and next, said yes. They researched the issue, offered education, got students and faculty to sign petitions, and basically got the job done. I’m proud of them for their efforts, their enthusiasm, and their willingness to create change, one that promotes sustainability and takes care of the earth for the future.
However, I wondered about the facts around our use of plastic bags today? So, I decided to look into the issue more deeply. It’s simply astounding. And I feel saddened to think we have waited so long to take action over a serious problem that has shown us the error of our ways so graphically. Why are we taking so long to make a difference for us and all species?
Let’s look at the UK: Anna Schavorion who writes in Forbes magazine:
England’s single-plastic bag use before 2015
“The use of plastic bags in England’s supermarkets was out of control in 2014. More than 7.6 billion carrier bags were handed out to customers that year and that figure had been on the rise for the previous four years.
England was the last country in the U.K. to introduce a charge for single-use plastic bags. Wales was the first to do so, in 2011, followed by Northern Ireland in 2013 and Scotland in 2014. All saw plastic bag use decreased by 70-80% year-on-year.”
That translates into a huge decrease in personal usage of plastic bags which means a huge decrease in production. Let’s look at more facts:
Ireland alone reduced plastic bag consumption by 1 Billion bags between 2001 and 2011 by imposing a bag tax of $.37
We use 1 trillion plastic bags worldwide, a product that consumes resources, contributions to species deaths, adds to pollution.
The European Union is beginning to get behind promoting a decrease in plastic bags due to the great harm seen in our oceans and other waterways.
Plastic bags contribute to malaria in Kenya.
Camels and other animals such as cows and sheep die from plastic bag ingestion.
“100,000 marine creatures a year die from plastic entanglement and these are the ones found. Approximately 1 million sea birds also die from plastic. A plastic bag can kill numerous animals because they take so long to disintegrate.”
“There are 5 ocean gyres in the world where plastic gathers due to the current circulation. These gyres contain millions of pieces of plastic and our wildlife feed in these grounds.”
According to National Geographic: 18 billion pounds of plastic waste flows into the ocean every year from coastal regions. That’s the equivalent of five grocery bags of plastic trash sitting on every foot of coastline around the world. And 40% of plastic produced is packaging, used just once and then discarded.
If a ton of plastic bottles is recycled, the energy that is saved is the same as the amount of energy used yearly by a two-person household.
What can we do? A lot. Simply stop using plastic bags, straws and be mindful of packaging. Got your bags in the car and forgot to bring them in? I do that too. But, one student reminded me to reverse bag: put all items into your cart, take to your car and bag them there. When I only have one or two items I tell the cashier that “zero waste is coming. No thanks, I don’t need a bag.”
Got any great ideas for zero waste? Let me know. Thanks. Judith
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Description: Oceans are mysterious and deep. So many species color these waters that we scarcely see unless one takes to scuba diving. Then the panorama of life unfolds and it’s breathtaking. I am a certified scuba diver. When one plunges into the depths of any ocean especially near reefs, colors and textures explode. Undulating waters speak of tides and cycles, of mysteries and treasures. However, our oceans are precious. They are taking a beating from dumping our garbage within her waters without thought to the long term consequences. My guest this week, Nate Liebenberg, co-founder of idiveblue.com, is passionate about bringing awareness to the problems we have created with throwaway plastics. They harm so many ocean species. They pollute these precious waters. And ultimately they harm us. Join us for a deep blue discussion about our oceans and what we can do to be part of the solutions. Contact information:www.idiveblue.com email: [email protected]
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