How cool is this? An NYU clinic is writing prescriptions for activism.
The NYU Environmental Health Clinic doesn't dole out any pills or ointments. Instead, you "talk about your particular environmental health concerns" and they give you actions to take that will help make a difference, like:
local data collection and urban interventions directed at understanding and improving your environmental health; plus referrals, not to medical specialists but to specific art, design and participatory projects, local environmental organizations and local government or civil society groups: organizations that can use the data and actions prescribed as legitimate forms of participation to promote social change.
The "No Park" is just one example of an action they might prescribe, but I think it's a striking one! It's sort of a permanent Park(ing) Day installation, and it does more than just look pretty. It improves air and water quality in the surrounding area while providing a burst of greenspace in the urban landscape.
Check out this TED Talk from the woman behind this innovative clinic idea, Natalie Jeremijenko:
The idea of the clinic, as Jeremijenko mentions, is to "redefine health." So many common health problems are due to environmental issues: air and water pollution, our broken food system, and our reliance on cars over transit and bikes. I love the idea that there's a clinic out there addressing the cause, and not just the symptoms.
h/t: Thanks to my pal Marilyn for pointing me to this concept over at Re-Nest
Image Credit: Screenshot from video.