Health and Society
CONVENOR - Jane Austin (main contact) & Jean Barrass
DAY - Monday or Tuesday. Please see list below for day and date.
VENUE - The Committee Room, Wadhurst Commemoration Hall (behind Wadhurst Library)
TIME - 14.00-16.00 hrs
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About the Group:
Every day there’s a new headline on a health-related topic. It may be a research breakthrough, a new drug or a cutting-edge procedure that has the potential to transform our lives, or it may be another warning about our modern lifestyle choices. The Health and Society Group will look behind these headlines, explore the latest findings, evidence and trends, and consider the implications for wider society.
At a typical meeting, we’ll discuss one topic in depth (led by one of our members), and then we’ll have an open session on any health-related items of interest such as recent articles in the national/international news, on TV or from our general background reading. You can expect some lively discussion and some thought-provoking topics.
This group is for anyone with a general interest in health-related topical issues.
Our Future Programme:
|07/01/20||Tuesday||Plastics and HealthEvery year, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic enter our oceans (that’s on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that currently circulate our marine environments). One of the most devastating elements of this pollution is that plastics take thousands of years to decay. As a result, fish and wildlife are becoming contaminated, and plastics (and the toxins associated with them) have now entered the food chain, threatening human health.||David Austin|
|07/04/20||Tuesday||Back Care||Liz Mercer|
|11/05/20||Monday||The Thames Tideway. The Thames Tideway Tunnel, when completed, will be a 25km Super Sewer running mostly under the tidal section of the River Thames to capture, store and convey almost all the raw sewage and rainwater that currently overflows into the river. It is a massive construction project, running from Acton in West London to Abbey Mills in the east. The target date for completion is 2024. Its purpose is to clean up the Thames and improve river water quality for both people and wildlife.||Jane Austin|
We are always open to new ideas/suggestions!