The Notebook - Issue 29: Anchoring Wellbeing

The Week of July 24, 2023

                       "Good for the habitat, good for the body."
         Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life 

Few writers so imaginatively capture the physical and spiritual connections between land and body quite as clearly as Kentucky author Barbara Kingsolver. Best known for her fiction writing (including her recently announced Pulitzer Prize), it was in an earlier non-fiction work that Kingsolver chronicled her family’s attempts to change their lifestyle by radically altering their relationship to food. Therein they resolved only to eat food they harvested or could source locally. 

Ultimately, their experiment was a practice in mindfulness which enabled them to radically reevaluate their relationship to what they consumed. In turn, it helped them strengthen their connections to their own bodies, to the land, and to each other. 

We are always inspired to learn more about the ways our community forges repair and connection with our land. You'll find several reflections of these fortifying endeavors and initiatives in this month's newsletter. We've also shared several ways you can get involved in activities to advocate for personal and communal well-being.

Health and well-being are civil rights. How will you show-up for yourself and your community this month?

☀️ Solar Over Louisville Program Sign-Up Extension☀️

Louisville Metro is extending sign-ups through the end of the month for the immensely popular solar panel installation program, Solar Over Louisville (SOL). In an effort to meet the city’s goal of reaching 100% clean energy by 2040, the program offers 15-23% discounts for installation, in addition to the existing 30% federal tax credit. One of the most popular solar incentivization programs in the country, SOL seeks to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, of which residential buildings account for a quarter. To learn more, check out this article from Louisville Public Media.

🎉 Join us at the Kentucky Waterways Alliance
30th Anniversary Event

 Learn more about what to expect at the event and snag your tickets here!
Connecting Wastewater to Community Health: Medical researchers at the University of Louisville’s Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute have continued tremendous efforts to study and learn from the city’s wastewater. Currently, research is underway to map community wastewater bacteria, toxins, and viruses in order to understand health implications associated with particular neighborhoods. Long-term goals include public health education campaigns and greater mitigation strategies. More from KET at the 12:40 time mark. 
The Ohio River Way: Cincy Magazine has published a 52-page guide celebrating the richness of the Ohio River. Chronicling the many river towns along the Ohio, the guide not only reflects on the history and culture, but also offers suggestions for the many recreational opportunities that exist in dozens of areas across Kentucky, Indiana, and southern Ohio. The guide also features the region’s conservation efforts, as well as community endeavors to preserve and celebrate the great river. 

Firearms in America: The Most Important Test of our Democracy: The Theodore Sedgwick Distinguished Lecture Series presents Ryan Busse – a former firearms executive who helped build one of the world’s most iconic gun companies who later recognized the industry he strengthened was being twisted by an NRA extremism radicalizing an entire nation. After fighting the tide of extremism from the inside for two decades, Busse retired in 2020 and authored his memoir, Gunfight: My Battle Against the Industry that Radicalized America. Praised on the national circuit as critically important, the University of Louisville’s Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute is thrilled to host Busse at the Filson Historical Society on September 12th. Registration is required for this free event.

Now Available for Streaming on All Major Platforms! Podcast Episode 12 of Elements of Nature: How Natural Forces Shape Human Health. In this episode, Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar of the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute at the University of Louisville speaks with Patrick Holden, CBE, an organic dairy farmer from the United Kingdom and co-founder of the Sustainable Food Trust and the U.S. Sustainable Food Alliance. Beyond running the longest established organic dairy farm in Wales, Holden’s work has focused on the development of organic standards and the market for organic foods. After founding British Organic Farmers and serving as the director of the Soil Association for fifteen years, Holden went on to co-found the Sustainable Food Trust, working internationally to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable food systems. To learn more about his living legacy and efforts to advocate for policy linking healthy land with healthy communities, tune into the latest episode of Elements of Nature.

Kentucky Foster Care Children Lacking Options are Sleeping in L&N Building Under State Custody: Children in state custody are sleeping in an office building in downtown Louisville. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family services confirms a lack of available foster homes has resulted in caseworkers needing to stay in the office with children who have no other residential support options. In response to this ongoing crisis, Governor Beshear recently announced a $41.5 million initiative to assist 120 foster care agencies. If you are considering learning more about the foster parent process, KVC Kentucky offers excellent introductory resources. 

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