Journal 9

Journal 9

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  • The environment itself can have a large impact on our health. The environement consists of items like; water, soil, the air in which we breath, the animals in which surround us an much more.
  • A lot of aspects make up our environment. How we go about treating our environment matters. 
  • One measurement our government took in keeping our water clean was the Clean Water Act. This act made it a goal that all rivers and lakes should be fishable and swimmable and that all discharges in these bodies of water should be eliminated. When water is clean fish are healthy, when fish our healthy humans can eat them. this is just one of the many small examples in correlation with the environment and our health. 
  • Racial and residential segregation is basically the process in which different  groups of individuals reside or live.  Certain factors such as race or socio economic factors often determine where one lives. "Despite the absence of supportive legal statutes, the degree of residential segregation remains very high for Aftican Americans."
  • It is important to note, steps have been made to improve the inequalities within environmental segregation. One of those being zoning strategies to reestablish communities where both lower and upper socioeconomic statuses can live. The idea here is to create these mixed income communities to sort of level out the playing field regarding our environment and the access individuals/families have to resources. 
  • I had not realized how often lead exposure was poisoning children. Not only that, it is one of the most preventable toxins out there. We are most commonly exposed to lead though lead-based paint or in old homes with dirty water pipes. The result of lead exposure usually results in elevated blood levels among population groups or communities. Laws have been passed to help reduce lead contamination, but some individuals still experience higher blood levels as a result to lead exposure. 
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