On May 3, 2012, I had the honor to present “20 Years of Making the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) work for business’ in Massachusetts” at the Cancer Council Autralia’s (CCA) Cancer in the Workplace – A forum on practical solutions for prevention. I was amazed at the feedback I received and of the hope my presentation gave to the attendees. I was even more amazed at the great research and presentations that I was asked to be part of. The presentations opened my eyes to Australia’s biggest occupational health issues of mesothelioma (working with/mining asbestos) and melanoma (sun exposure).
New Friends-Cancer Coucil Australia
I was able to attend a strategic planning meeting with the CCA. When I was about to leave they asked me to give my two cents of advice on how to get a TURA-like law rolling. I reminded CCA that TURA was first ignited by Ken Geiser (then at Tufts) and Mike Ellenbecker (then at U Mass Lowell) who were from acadamia…not the legislature. Maybe the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology could be the starting point. Also, that starting off with Victoria, one state, rather than going country-wide would have a greater chance of success. Lastly, I said don’t forget TURA’s secret sauce…mandatory reporting/planning…voluntary implementation based on a viable business case.
Lucy Servidio The Cape Crusader
When saying good byes and giving hugs Terry Slevin, CCA said to me that they weren’t sure what they were going to get when we they asked me to come down to speak, but one minute into my speech they knew we had asked the right person…I remarked, “Did the cape frighten you?” He replied, “Not at all.” His only fear was that Dr. Tim Driscoll, Professor at University of Sidney, would start wearing one.
For those of you who have never wore a cape when making a presention, I would highly recommend it…it did make me feel like I could do or say anything!
Though my plan is to use this blog to share my experiences related to my Toxics Use Reduction presentation for the Cancer Council of Australia …I thought I should get this out of the way at the onset of the trip. Many of you have asked me to verify whether the Bart Simpson episode about the Coriolis effect is true. Rumor has it that the Coriolis effect causes the vortex which causes a flushing toilet to spin in the opposite direction…counter clockwise in the southern hemisphere. After close scrutiny, I must report that the flushing action of the toilets down here don’t really lend themselves to proving this theory. So we used a draining bathtub instead. Please click on the following button to see for yourself.
I’ve also attached some shots of kangaroos, koalas and the awesome surf at Australia’s most popular surfing beaches…
Lucy, Nick ,and Frankie Servidio – Great Ocean Road, Victoria AU
Earth day is upon us once again and (hopefully) volunteers will flock to the events around the country to participate. As a practicing Catholic, twice a year the pews of our parish fill up with families we have never seen and others that we only see at ball fields and school events. Some refer to these parishioners as “holiday Catholics”. I have heard many a sermon over the years where the priest will say something like “it would be nice to see so many people at every Mass” in an attempt to embarrass these parishioners into showing up more often. This is when my wife and I cringe because these families leave the Mass saying “that’s why we don’t come more often”. When in reality, we think it’s great that the pews are full! Why not take the opportunity to reach out and “engage” these parishioners in the Mass; make them feel welcome, not embarrassed. It’s alright if they don’t know when to kneel or stand; let them know how great it is that they chose to take the time to come and celebrate. Make them want to come back before the next holiday (Earth Day)!
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