Climate Projects Today – Dr. Plastic Picker

Climate Projects Today

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Unfinished climate project.

March 9, 2022

by Dr. Plastic Picker

It’s 551am and I’m slowly getting back to a normal schedule. Getting up early and blogging and doing climate projects in the early morning are the healthiest for me. I had a very fun detour into Kdrama binge-watching land, but I turned it off yesterday and went to bed. It was a wonderful detour. But it’s back to trying to save this dear planet of ours.

There is so much to do, but it’s important to make it sustainable and make it joyful. One of the projects I’m working on is just answering questions for a blogpost that will go up on the AAP San Diego website for Women’s History Month. I was invited to submit my profile. I need to take this seriously and do it thoughtfully, because our local AAP has been an amazing force in helping me literally clean up our local area and move climate legislation locally and state-wide.

So here are the questions they asked and I need to think about them

  1. When did you know you wanted to become a doctor/pediatrician?
  2. Why did you choose pediatrics?
  3. What was the journey through medical school and residency like for you?
  4. Who are some of your role models and why?
  5. What are some of the leadership roles you currently hold, and can you speak to the importance of having more women on boards?
  6. What advice would you give to women who are going through medical school, residency, or who are considering medical school?

I’m not going to answer them right now, but just wanted to let them perculate in my mind this morning. Of course the entire reason to be featured in any blog is to let everyone know that climate activism is a path toward physician wellness. I sent a bunch of emails out as well. I’m waiting for those email replies to my emails. I also have to review a journal article as I’ve now somehow become a reviewer for the Journal of Climate Change and Health. I also just tried to register Dr. Dear Friend as a family member for the upcoming PAS conference we are attending. We are used to rooming together at conferences and she had the airmiles anyway. I figured between the both of us, we can activate more pediatric academic physicians to start incorporating climate change and sustainability in their careers! I had a good chuckle putting in a name for her. Those conference fees are really outer space expensive, and she doesn’t need CME. It won’t take my credit card right now, so I’ll go back later and try!

Okay. Thank you for hearing me ramble on about the climate. I needed to sort things out in my brain this morning. There are three big developments in my climate-life and work-life coming up. I’m not sure how to announce them yet. I’m just going to keep them in by green heart for now and it will all come out soon. But the blogpost above is important too and the journal article I need to review!

Going to get appropriately dressed for clinic! I finally bought a new blouse for work. I think it’s the first “new” thing I’ve purchased in three years! I’m looking forward to wearing paired with some hand-me-down boots. I’m trying to look more fashionable as all those Kdramas are really making me want to up my fashion game! Plus I’m going to be on the news more because of those big three developments in my life I haven’t told you about.

Signing off! Your secretive eco warrior, local litter-picking pediatrician!!!! The one and only! Dr. Plastic Picker!!!!

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