The rise of technological advancements and industrialization not only gave rise to our modern civilization, but it also gave rise to a wide range of environmental issues and global challenges. Environmental issues have become a common concern for people around the globe. The growth of factories and businesses has contributed to wide-ranging environmental damages, especially in the past few decades, and has affected the health, ecological balance, and climatic conditions all over the globe. Modern technology has been progressing at exponential rates, making mass production of goods as fast as possible. With rapid expansion of businesses came exploitation and depletion of Earth’s resources and minerals, as well as degradation of the environment.
Green initiatives and sustainable investment
Industrialization did not happen overnight. It started with the industrial revolution in the 1700’s in Europe, and quickly spread all over the world. During this time, the world went through a rapid transformation, when people started using power machinery for building, manufacturing, and harvesting. These machines needed fuel to run, and fossil fuels such as coal, petroleum and natural gas became the primary source of energy. The global warming and the environmental impacts that we are experiencing today are in part due to the rapid industrialization around the globe that increased the amount of carbon, and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
With rise in carbon and other greenhouse gases, the global temperature started to rise, causing severe changes in weather patterns, water currents of the ocean, and wind patterns around the globe. As a consequence, we have been experiencing extreme weather, record heat, droughts, devastating hurricanes, and tsunamis in the coastal areas.
Especially in the urban areas, the negative impacts of rapid industrialization were clearly evident. Diseases like cholera, typhoid, and other water and air-borne diseases quickly broke out. Unhealthy living conditions and overcrowding of population in many cities of America threatened public health.
People slowly started realizing the importance of sustainable investment and preservation of natural resources; economic development of human civilization would only go so far without harming the human health and many dangerous risks.
Healthy sustainable food
Food grown locally by farmers using organic methods (without the use of chemicals, GMO’s, or synthetic fertilizers) is the right choice for food production. It is safer for the environment, ecology, and people’s health. Growing your own food is even better because you are able to control the amount of chemicals you use for pest control measures, as well as regulate the use of antibiotics, and fertilizers. The less processed and imported food you eat, the better it is for your health and the environment. It’s important to first avoid food waste, but also use any leftover or inedible food to make organic fertilizer (compost) for your garden.
Most Americans live in cities or the surrounding areas; people living in metropolitan areas account for over 80% of the US population. The choices we make while we are living in cities greatly impact the global economy, environment, and personal well-being. The bright side of living in a city is that it creates efficiency of energy uses, and reduces the per person energy and resource use, and reducing energy waste and pollution. By making our communities more energy efficient, we can save money, protect natural resources, and improve our quality of life.
Clean water availability is going to be a major health issue around the globe, as the world population increases. The need for safe clean drinking water is likely to double in the next decade, where the world population is expected to exceed nine billion. When water runs off our roofs and streets, it gets contaminated with disease causing toxic chemicals, dirt, and germs along the way. Many of our water resources can also become contaminated with pollutants if proper protection and conservation measures are not taken. Unprotected water resources can become vulnerable to pollution from industrial waste, factories, power plants, and other human activities, leading to drinking water shortages and diseases around the globe. Protect and conserve water as much as possible, reducing pollution, and water waste.
Environment and health
The environment that we live in has a profound effect on our health and well-being. No matter how advanced we get technologically, if we fail to keep the environment clean, our progress and development will not be positive development. All things that surround us can affect our health; our drinking water, the air we breathe in, the soil we walk on, and the food that we eat, all have a profound effect on our health, and how we will progress into the future. Environmental health and environmental protection are very much related. If we do not protect our environment, we cannot expect to benefit from it, and we cannot expect our environment to protect us.
The problems we are facing today around the globe, with climatic changes, changes to ecosystems, and global warming, are all consequences of our actions. What we do today and how we use our resources today can impact the globe in the future. We can all join forces now and reduce or even reverse the negative impacts on the globe, if we act now. Please join us in our battle against pollution. We are all able to do our part in preserving our earth, by using less water, reducing food and water waste, reducing pollution, using less energy, and using more sustainable products in our daily activities. It just takes a conscious decision to make a shift towards greener products and services, and adopting habits that conserve natural resources, and protects the environment that we are living in. There was never a better time to start taking action than now.
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