Recent Blog Entries: Debra Efroymson
Traveling from one place to another, if it is not particularly far, makes most sense on foot. Walking can be fun; it requires no parking space; it’s exercise; it allows for a full appreciation of the surrounding scenes; it costs nothing. Beyond all that, it just makes sense.
Remember when those lucky enough to live in a country with potable water drank it straight from the tap? It seemed the most natural thing in the world to hold a glass under the tap, fill it, and drink. I remember the pleasure on returning to the States from my Peace Corps stint in Guatemala and being able to do so.
“It’s not my fault.” “He wasn’t paying attention.” “She suddenly jumped in front of my car.”
Recently, ironically enough on the way home from doing a recording for a documentary on carfree cities, our car bumped into a pedestrian. My driver and the other passengers immediately launched into a chorus similar to the above phrases: he should…
What role do street vendors play in cities? Does it make sense to ban them or should we work to preserve them?
Helping people make healthy food choices requires access to sellers of fruits and vegetables...preferably without the temptation of buying ultra-processed food. Markets do just that and are great for local economies, but can pose a threat to big business, and thus can be subject to bans. But we can fight back.
Can what we have learned from tobacco control be usefully applied to NCDs overall? Or should the two always be kept separate?
If we don't count household work in calculations of GDP (unless it is paid), how do we recognize all the unpaid work done by women throughout the world?
The industrial meat production system in the United States, which is spreading internationally, is good at producing large quantities of meat at low price. That is, the price is low if we ignore the many externalities of the production, such as dealing with vast swamps of stinking waste. Another externality is disease caused by salmonella and E. coli O157:H7. When you raise a lot of cows in close…
People sometimes question the effectiveness of advocacy work, arguing that "It will never change anything." My own experience over many years of working with HealthBridge's Liveable Cities program in various countries shows that advocacy can in fact yield enormously important benefits for people's health and happiness.