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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Madalyn Thomas, March 3, 2014

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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Shawn Anderson, Feb. 28, 2014

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.

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Maddi Ownbey, Feb. 28, 2014

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.

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Cheyenne S-US, Feb. 28, 2014

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.

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Lauren D-US, Feb. 27, 2014

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.

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Rebecca P, Feb. 27, 2014

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.

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Mary M, Feb. 26, 2014

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.

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LeeAnne W-Usa, Oct. 9, 2013

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.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/407748/making-gasoline-from-carbon-dioxide/page/2/ http://www.epa.gov/otaq/climate/documents/420f11041.pdf
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Discussions Discussion Real Climate
Anashe B-USA, Oct. 4, 2013

Hi all! Recently I watched a short film that really opened my eyes about the world’s waste and how the accumulation of “stuff” is detrimental to our environment.

This great clip clearly explains how detrimental all the “stuff” that the world produces is for our environment. The United States natural resources are on a slippery slope….Over the decade we have. Our forests are 4% of what they used to be, only 40% of the US’s waterways are drinkable, 75% of global fisheries are fished at or over capacity, and 80% of the planet’s original forests are gone. By eroding people’s natural resources, they have no choice but to move to urban cities. The next step in the product chain is production. Through production, we use energy to mix toxic chemicals with natural resources to make toxic contaminated products. Only a handful of these chemicals used have been tested for health impacts. Brominated flame retardants are toxins used to make products flame-proof, however they are a neurotoxin. The goal of large businesses are to keep the price of their products down and keep people buying. These companies create externalized costs, so that their products are cheaper to consumers. The trash aspect of this chain comes next… These products are made to be thrown away. By using these cheap resources, these products are likely to break down. This is ideal for the companies because consumers are forced to buy more. I found it interesting pattern of creating products to make people buy more. For example, the fashion world creates trends so that consumers are likely to buy from their stores. If one person is not within the trendy norm, their peers pressure them to change. therefore, there is always a pressure to buy new items, whether it be because they degrade or because they run out of style. I am surprised of finding this motif even with electronics. In computers, the new models only have one new thing in them for the updated version, a chip, but it is in a different shape so one must chuck the item and buy a new one. Personally I can see this with today’s Apple products. Each product is so similar, with only minor changes, yet whenever a new model comes out, consumers feel as if they must buy what is “in style’. This contributes the massive amount of electronic waste. Perceived obsolence is the acting of throwing away something that is completely useful.

I know personally that I purchase items that go straight to the trash bin after only a few uses. It is an overarching issue in society today, which is such a detriment for our environment. Through my personal experience I have come to learn that the best way for us to cut down on trash is to simply not give into these gigantic corporations who hoard revenue for themselves. I believe that we should all take steps to start buying local goods, goods from fair trade, and products that are reusable. I recommend this film to anybody interested in taking initiative to a better environment. As a member of the Sustainability Committee at our school, I hope to encourage my fellow peers to take a step towards going green.

http://storyofstuff.org/blog/movies/story-of-stuff/
Anashe B-USA
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  • Siena V-USA Siena V-USA Oct. 6, 2013
    I really like this video! It managed to present a lot of information in a captivating way, and clearly showed all of the steps necessary in creating new items. I know when I buy items, I don't always think about every step that went into getting the product to the store—it's amazing to think that even the tiniest of products, like chapstick, take a lot of energy and resources to create. A great first step for people to take is to try and buy things that are locally made so we don't increase demand for items that have to be imported from overseas. While most of our items are shipped from other countries, a realistic goal would be to focus on buying local produce.

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Cole D-USA, Nov. 26, 2012

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.

Cole D-USA
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