FC: Environmental Issues Thumb on Earth. date unknown. Steve Crop. http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/80349-78/thumb-on-earth?popup=1.
1: There is no doubt that uncontrolled exploitation of the environment leads to immediate and long term health problems. Industrialized countries, with an emphasis on the "good life," have made some important trade-offs in advances in agriculture, industry, and transportation, imposing new environmental threats on urban and rural populations. Developing countries often lack the technology to progress without damage to the environment. Affluent countries sometimes rob poor countries of their natural resources and are also known to dump toxic waste on their land. A few problems that I will be discussing are: uncontrolled population growth, deforestation, air pollution,hazardous waste, and hormones in food. | Battersea Powerstation. 1960-1994. Robert Estall. http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/sp008254/battersea=power-station?popup=1.
2: World Made Up of People; date unknown; Digital Art; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/ax044537/world-made-up-of-people?popup=1.
3: OVERPOPULATION This picture is a perfect representation of how the population growth of humans is ruining Earth. The more people there are, the greater the demand on resources and the more waste that is produced. The global human population continues to multiply resulting in the discharge of dramatic levels of toxic substances into the air, water, and land. The constant population growth and desire for improved living standards has increased the demand for natural resources, land, water, and air. These are nonrenewable resources, yet humans are consuming them as if there were an endless supply.
4: Stormy Clouds Above Stack of Logs. date unknown. Bejamin Rondel. http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/42-28765571/stormy-clouds-above-stack-of-logs?popup=1.
5: DEFORESTATION I took an environmental health class and learned that twenty five years ago forests slightly covered around one quarter of the world's land area; now they cover one fifth. The number of forest acres, is decreasing as much as 28 million acres per year. Over half of U.S. forests have been destroyed by logging, road construction, mining, forest fires, ski resorts, off-road vehicles, and other human activities. Trees are important for many reasons, including serving as the habitat for certain species and providing oxygen generated from their photosynthesis processes.
6: Overview of Hollywood with Century City and Santa Monica in the distance, Los Angeles, California, USA. date unknown. Radius images/corbis. http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/royalty-free/42-34098400/overview-of-hollywood-with-century-city-and?popup=1
7: AIR POLLUTION Scientists report that 1 out of every 3 individuals in the United States is at a higher risk of experiencing ozone-related health effects. Automobiles and industries use fossil fuels that cannot be burned completely. This process of incomplete combustion leaves carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and many other pollutants in the air. Air pollutants cause acid rain which destroys plants and erodes buildings, while making the soil toxic. More people have allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems due to air pollution. The thinning of the ozone layer is also occurring due to combustible fossil fuels.
8: Drum Containing Hazardous Waste. date unknown. Mark Karrass. http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/royalty-free/CB001526/drum-containing-hazardous-waste?popup=1
9: HAZARDOUS WASTE Hazardous waste is a potential danger to humans, animals, plants, and the land. The different types include e-waste, commercial, household, and medical to name a few. Unwanted household chemicals become not just garbage, but hazardous waste. Many people do not consider household substances as harmful and innocently dump, pour out on the ground, pour down the drain, bury, or burn hazardous substances. The problem with disposal by any of these methods is that hazardous materials are released into the environment, potentially harming innocent children, neighbors, animals, and plant life. It only takes a small amount of hazardous substance to pollute large bodies of surface water and groundwater supplies.
10: Herd of Cattle. date unknown. Melanie Burkhart. http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/royalty-free/42-21780822/herd-of-cattle?popup=1.
11: HORMONES IN OUR MEATS For some time now, hormones have been permitted to accelerate weight gain in cattle and chickens. These hormones such as estradiol, testosterone, and progesterone are being fed or injected into our cows and chickens. The FDA approves these hormones due to the fact that we as humans produce them as well, so they believe that it does not cause harm to humans. However, Findings have found that high intakes of these hormones reduces fertility in women. Furthermore, teens are starting puberty sooner than they should which can ultimately lead to cancer or heart problems later in life.
12: CONCLUSION To conclude, I have just touched on a few environmental issues, and there are many more out there. I believe that people need to become educated on what we can do as individuals to help the environment and not hurt it. Maybe mandating an environmental health class in middle school or high school so that these issues are brought to the forefront of our future generations would help. The theoretical perspective that I Identify with these issues would be the functionalist perspective.It sees environmental problems as dysfunctions of modern living, the result of agricultural and industrial means of production, which I recently talked about. I also briefly talked about how some environmental problems are created and defined, which aims more toward the Interactionist Perspective.