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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
HomeHealthSustainability: Consumer Awareness and Action

Sustainability: Consumer Awareness and Action

Ferris Kawar

Sustainability is a broad and widely debated topic, which gives insight into most aspects of the human world from business to technology to the environment and the social sciences.

“Sustainability is not just about the environment, it’s also about our health as a society in ensuring that no people or areas of life suffer as a result of environmental legislation, and it’s also about examining the longer term effects of the actions humanity takes and asking questions about how it may be improved.” (


Sustainable development and lifestyles meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The goal of sustainability is to achieve balance/harmony between environment sustainability, economic sustainability and socio-political sustainability.” (


Although 2016 brought significant progress on local and global sustainability issues, by the end of the year we saw serious uncertainty and fear about some of those gains being reversed. The scientific research documenting the effects of global warming, food waste, and water scarcity have been questioned. Now, more than ever, environmental activists are advising consumers to step beyond awareness and into action.


On today’s HealthCetera Eve Adler will be speaking with Ferris Kawar about ways in which consumers can become involved and support legislation that continues the progress of the green business movement. Ferris is co-founder and VP of Sustainability at Greenopia, a consumer friendly directory designed to help individuals easily locate eco-friendly alternatives to products in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He is a member of the board of advisors for Sustainable Works, sits on the Green Business Networking’s steering committee, and previously was a member of the Burbank Green Alliance steering committee.


Tune in on Thursday at 1:00pm to HealthCetera Radio on WBAI 99.5 in New York City, or streaming online a; or you can listen to the interview anytime by clickling here:


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<p>Eve Adler, MA, RN, is an associate dean in the Health Sciences Department at Santa Monica College (SMC) and is a registered yoga teacher. She is committed to providing opportunities for education and personal expression to underserved populations interested in health and self-care. Ms. Adler works strategically and collaboratively with the SMC Communications and Media Studies Department, the Public Policy Institute, the Modern Languages Department and community-based Integrative Health Practitioners Program to broadcast the voices and issues of the underserved across multiple media platforms. Her work influences health policy by bringing the power of health care advocacy to the grassroots movements of communities in West Los Angeles.</p>

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