I truly think that healthy people are more likely to care about the environment. I think that many people in the world do not have the resources to be health and tale care of the environment, but i also think that a lot of people do not know that every little thing in the environment that you can do will help, and that you do not have to have a lot of money to make a difference. I do think that if our country did not have so many fast food places everyone would be more heathy and not down and heavy feeling all the time. The bottom is that heathy people are more likely to care more about the environment.
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I believe that in many ways the environment in which a human lives in does play a significant role in his or her health. People who live in less fortunate areas of the world do no have the resources that someone who lives in a urban community. Being less fortunate means you will have to find cheap easy ways to stay healthy. However living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t come cheap and not everyone has the money to follow the life of living healthy. Another fact is all the temptations that a person in the city might have rather than a person in a rural community. There aren’t McDonalds around every corner in Rural communities so they do not have to fight the temptation and urge.
The environment does affect human health. If you think about it, if there is too much pollution in the air, don’t you think it would affect the way you breathe? Of coarse it would! We use gas in our cars everyday that pollutes the air. If your drinking water is polluted, will you still drink it? I know I wouldn’t. The chemicals from some power plants have been known to cause cancer. Even the radiation put out by your cell phone has been known to cause different cancers. There is definitely a big relationship between our health and the environment.
Health is being promoted more and more everyday. Being healthy is not just exercising and eating healthy, but also feeling better physically and mentally. Eating healthy is not only beneficial to yourself but also the environment. Eating more organically makes for a lower carbon footprint. Another point of how being healthy ties into the environment is how much better you feel. When you are healthy you have more motivation to take the extra step to help out. For example, walking down the road and seeing a empty soda can on the side of the road is most likely not going to be picked up by a lazy person. If everyone could go the extra mile and try to help out themselves and others our planet would be a more efficient place.
I believe that human health and the environment are related. Obviously, if we have sewage run off in our drinking water, it is going to effect us. If we start to grow our own food and have gardens then I think we can cut down on less processed foods. Processed foods have been proven to be a little bit harmful to human health. Over time, it has a huge impact. I definitely believe everything that happens in the environment affects us and whatever we do affects the environment.
I believe that our health and the environment are definitely related to each other. For instance, if we eat more vegetables, fruits, and things that don’t have to be processed and made into other things in factories, then we will be more healthy and there will be less factories and such. When there are less factories the environment will be better off because the air isn’t being polluted as much, plus there would be more room to grow fruits and vegetables.
In other aspects if we are healthier and we feel better then we are more likely to go out and exercise rather than being inside. While we are outside we might pick up trash and things which will keep the environment in a better state.
In such a technological and polluted world our health really be defined by the environment in which we live. If someone lives in a low class area, they are most likely in a place where waste is not properly disposed of and sanitation and clean food in water is easily accessible. As a result, their health will falter. Diseases, such as tapeworm and E. coli, are easily transmitted through polluted water and undercooked or rotten food. Although this person cannot help their situation their environment determines their health. In contrast, a person who lives in a wealthier town and has access to clean food and water is apt to be healthier because their risk of disease is lower. Another reason why those who live in better environments are at a greater chance of being healthy is because they have more access and a greater understanding of exercise. They are more likely to have access to safe trails and sidewalks and have more time to be active, whereas someone in an unsafe neighborhood who needs to work to help their family, would not have this amenity.
You all have probably heard that carbon is released from cars, but have you ever wondered just how much is released? It may be more than you expect. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 8,887 grams of carbon dioxide are released from just one gallon of gasoline. It takes on average about 16 gallons to fill up one car’s tank. This is a lot of carbon dioxide that is being released into the atmosphere. Luckily there are ways to reduce the carbon dioxide in the air. One of these ways is gasoline made from carbon dioxide. Researchers at the University of California San Diego (USCD) recently showed that, “light absorbed and converted into electricity by a silicon electrode can help drive a reaction that converts carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and oxygen (www.technologyreview.com).” Carbon monoxide is a key ingredient in making synthetic fuels such as gasoline. With this process, using carbon dioxide to produce carbon monoxide, the carbon in the atmosphere will be able to be recycled. Thankfully, this is part of a movement to find logical ways to use carbon dioxide, a huge greenhouse gas contributor. Sadly, this type of gasoline probably won’t be on the market for at least the next ten years.
There are certainly a lot of widespread effects of climate change on the ocean and three include a darkening of ocean water, an increase in sunlight affecting shallow coastal regions, and the possible end of thermohaline circulation.
The first two of these effects I recently read about at the first link listed below, which details five unexpected consequences of climate change. Since precipitation will increase in many areas of the world as a result of global warming (the warmer air will hold and eventually release the excess water evaporating in higher levels of precipitation), there will be an increase in river runoff that will knock loose more sediment to deposit into the oceans. This is a major issue, as it will lead to cloudier water that is more opaque and will drastically alter regional ecosystems. In fact, the early consequences of this have already been seen off the coast of Norway, which has seen a decrease in biodiversity as excess sediments in its waters have given rise to an increase in its jellyfish population.
The second consequence will arise in regions around glaciers. As rising temperatures in climate change melt glaciers, shallow areas underneath the ice at the poles of the planet will be bathed in sunlight and that will drastically alter those ecosystems by allowing algae and other such species to overrun vertebrates and deplete biodiversity. In both regions near areas of river runoff and near glacial areas of the poles, biodiversity is and will be seriously impacted by climate change.
The last effect of climate change I referenced is the stopping of thermohaline circulation, which I learned about last year in my environmental science class. Thermohaline circulation is essentially the cycling of nutrients and ocean water. Water gets saltier, or denser, as it moves toward the north pole due to a combination of recent evaporation in warm areas, which causes there to be a higher concentration of salt, and the overall cooling of the water in general, which makes the water molecules more compact due to less energy. This colder, denser water becomes so cold and dense as it moves more northward that it eventually sinks. By sinking it drives a major oceanic pump, which is essentially a current of water in which that cold, dense sinking water drives the movement of water along the ocean floor until warmer, less dense water rises at upwelling zones. These upwelling zones reside on west coasts such as that of Western Europe and are vital as they bring nutrients to ecosystems and help regulate temperatures. Climate change threatens this vital pump since melting ice off the coast of Greenland dilutes the water and salt mixture of the ocean in the north. As it becomes diluted, the lower concentration of salt decreases the water’s density. If climate change continues on its current path, the water’s salt concentration and thus its density will decrease so much that the water may not sink anymore and the major oceanic pump could stop. This would have detrimental effects for ecosystems and the entire ocean and they both rely on the nutrients, fishing industries, and people in areas on the western coasts that rely on this temperature stabilization. The second link below has a great summary of thermohaline circulation as well as the effects of climate change on this important circulating tool.
Hi im cole and I live in the US. I agree with Evan that the US does pollute and destroy the earth a lot(even though they have acts and laws that they have been put in place to protect and save our earth) and that each person can use less harmful materials. I believe that each and every person should do something or change something in their life so that the Earth benefits from it. the only thing is that we humans are always looking for a better quality life, and in that search we tend to overuse and abuse our finite environment. So its up to us to figure out the balance between human health(quality of life) and the environment.