Inforgraphic for lead poisoning awareness
This week we have learned about the toxic lead that has been spreading within our community. I think its interesting to learn that Philadelphia has one of the highest levels in a city. It is interesting to me because this is something that I have never heard of before ,but it could possibly pertain or benefit me or the people around me. After reading the article i have come to terms that lead poisoning is a serious issue and more people should be aware of. Overall i think that the article was both interesting and informative.
When I first heard Ms. Aziz talk about how we are being poisoned by our own city I didn't really know what to think. I know for a fact, however, lead poisoning did not cross my mind at all. I have been living in this city for almost 18 years now and I never heard about cases about lead being a problem, yet, there are so many. This project opened my eyes to see how much this city needs to improve not only their water systems but maintain the old neighborhoods. We should be educating children and helping them grow, not hurting them. Infographic: https://create.piktochart.com/output/33892782-our-toxic-city
In our project, Toxic City, we learned that most houses in Philadelphia have one problem in common. That being that they were built before the lead paint ban of 1978, this means that almost all of the houses that haven’t been renovated, re-built or destroyed, still have lead paint in the walls. A really bad hazard that is accessible to people who live in the house and most vulnerable of all, children. Because it is a hazard, we consider it an environmental injustice and a basic crime for threatening the lives of those who live in said house that contains lead paint. Environmental justice is the equal treatment between people and the environment. How we manage, develop, implement and maintain laws and policies between both nature and humans. An environmental just society would look like a greener and more sustainable place. One full of ways to achieve sustainability and one that does not harm the environment as much as how we do now in current society. In order to sustain an environment just society we just need to keep ourselves, humans, sustainable, not over do anything, such as waste food, buy products that you will never use, and practically living out of just what you need. Something that stood out to me and that I found surprising was the fact that there are other many cities in the US that are also suffering from lead toxicity apart from Philadelphia. I am also wondering why the US hasn't taken any measures to address this big issue that affects a lot of people? Can't they at least provide some sort of help to those affected?
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While doing this assignment I did not realize how much Lead was a problem here in Philadelphia. I've heard of lead contaminating the water source that goes into school but at first, I thought that was the only place that lead could be. It seems like I'm always learning something new about Philadelphia but everything is an issue that the city is currently dealing with. Luckily, I have not run into any of these issues an I was able to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I also wonder what can be done in order to make a cure for those who have been exposed to lead in the past.
When thinking of ways that humans had altered and continue to alter the environment, I think of things like fossil fuels. For example, a majority of the people in the United States, use cars as their form of transportation to get where they need to be. By people using cars it burns fossil fuels from the vehicle that is then released into our air and corrupting our atmosphere. It's not good for us either because our cities are contaminated with not fresh air. This leads us to sustainability. My interpretation of the word sustainability is when people/ organisms do whatever is best for them to survive. And the Eco-footprint helps measure the resources that are needed to produce and consume for the consumer. Some systems that are incorporated in the environment that has an affect no organisms are systems like the water cycle and the sexual reproduction in correlates to sustainability. Depending on how much sexual reproduction is occurring in the world determines how much necessities are needed for the consumers resulting to us using the Eco- footprint to help determine how many resources are needed to sustain a population or an individual. It's a giant Circle In my benchmark, We gave information about the fashion industry, in which was not a sustainable business because of the damage that it causes against the world. The atmosphere is affected by the amount of clothes that are wasted and incinerated therefore polluting our air. And the hydrosphere is affected by how much water is wasted to make clothing material. Around 200-500 pounds of water is used to make a pair of denim jeans. Just one pair. So imagine how much water is wasted when we think of all the people on the planet. This just ins't a sustainable business https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1IMHqkCtxxCoWh0d44WeDSoP30QH1yYNknIKXHtZIiWI/edit