October Interfaith Conference Call: The Environment and Human Health

We are part of the fabric of the creation--connected to the elements, plants, and animals through the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that damage to our environment has real and damaging impacts on people. Join us on October 31st to learn more about environmental impacts on human health, and to explore some of those issues here in Texas.

This month, we are excited to welcome Chris Masey, Director of the Austin chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), as our guest presenter. "Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, Physicians for Social Responsibility works to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival." The Austin chapter of PSR focuses on issues that are important to our region, such as clean air, clean water, climate change, health care policy, energy security, and local environmental policy issues.

As always, we will have some time for callers to ask questions, share ideas and connect!

October Interfaith Environmental Conference Call

     Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

     Dial-in number: (712) 432-3066 

     Conference Code: 424548

To RSVP for the call, please e-mail Amanda. Feel free to invite others to participate!

More about our speaker: Chris Masey is the Director of the Austin Chapter of the Physicians for Social Responsibility. Chris is sixteen-year environmental professional who as gained a broad base of work experiences in both the public and privates sectors working on a variety of projects such as, endangered species conservation, environmental advocacy and enforcement, environmental and solid waste planning, land stewardship, alternative energy sources, and recycling initiatives. Chris’ dedication to environmental sustainability is grounded in his love of Central Texas, and the desire for his two children to continue to enjoy clean air, clear water, and wide-open spaces.

More about Austin Physicians for Social Responsibility:

The Austin Chapter of the Physicians for Social Responsibility (APSR) is an environmental advocacy group that consists of physicians, nurses, and concerned citizens who are committed to a safe environment and a healthier Texas.

APSR was initially formed in 2003 to support the national Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) initiatives at a grassroots level. However, APSR has added regional issues of importance such as ending the use of coal for energy generation, decreasing the negative effects of climate change, decreasing the reliance on fossil fuels in favor of sustainable energy alternatives, and providing greater access to public health care. In addition, APSR advocates for positive change on local environmental policy issues in a variety of venues.

APSR's strategy for achieving positive change is to provide a conduit for the medical community and concerned citizens to educate and inform the public and lawmakers about potential threats to the public health through research, analysis, and expert testimony on key issues.

For more information about APSR, please visit our website (www.austinpsr.org), or our Facebook page at (www.facebook.com/Austinpsr). In addition, APSR publishes a monthly electronic newsletter free to anyone interested in our activities (http://www.psr.org/chapters/austin/news/).

In our monthly environmental calls, we seek to connect faith leaders around the state who are engaged in the work of caring for Creation; provide updates about environmental legislation and advocacy opportunities; keep you current on new programs and initiatives; and create a space for sharing hopes and frustrations, plans and ideas, stories and prayers.