How do we affect the environment?

What are the five major environmental problems?

By Austin Downes and Richard Acevedo

Human-generated waste has been harmful to our environment for some time. People create so much trash that they can’t deal with it in a sustainable way. Non-biodegradable waste that cannot be properly recycled fills our oceans and landfills. Let’s take plastic waste as an example. A recent study found that of the 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste that was generated, only 9% of that plastic waste was recycled. (Learn more about plastic pollution and how you can help reduce your own waste.) In 2017, for example, the Environmental Protection Agency calculated that the total municipal solid waste generated in the United States that year alone was 267.8 million tons. Compared to 2015 levels, this represents an increase of SEK 5.7 million. Taken together, the amount of waste generated affects the environment in several ways: its contribution to the exacerbation of the climate crisis, its negative impact on wildlife and the natural environment, and its harm to our general health.

How do you claim compensation for pollution in the workplace?

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Prime Examples of Environmental Injustice

Poor Sanitation in the United States

Kathryn Flowers, Founder, Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice and Senior Fellow at The Earth Institute’s Center for Earth Ethics is of Lowndes County, Alabama. As a child growing up in a poor, mostly black, rural area with a population of less than 10,000, she used an outbuilding before her family installed indoor plumbing. After leaving to get an education, Flowers returned to Alabama in 2002 and still sees extreme differences in rural sewage treatment. She visited many homes where sewage was flowing into the homes or collecting in yards, as many residents could not afford to treat the sewage on site. She still advocates for proper sanitation in Lowndes. As a result of her work, Baylor College’s National School of Tropical Medicine conducted a peer-reviewed study that showed that more than 30 percent of Lowndes County residents suffer from hookworm and other tropical parasites due to poor sanitation.

Environmental damage during occupation

Occupations can be relatively short-lived or they can last for decades. While states are obligated to protect occupied populations, their environmental obligations are less specific. As with conflict, occupations can impede sustainable development, for example by restricting access to materials or technologies, or by acting as a barrier to investment. Already existing environmental programs and projects may be limited or may be replaced by new management. A lack of investment and development can lead to the slow collapse of vital environmental infrastructure, infrastructure that can be damaged or degraded by periods of violence. Actions taken by the occupied population to resist the occupier can also lead to environmental damage. An increased military presence can affect the landscape through the movement of vehicles or training grounds, or the construction of walls and fences that can impede the movement of wildlife or separate people from the resources they depend on. Mismanagement of waste on military bases, whether they are managed by governments or private contractors, can harm public health and the environment. Meanwhile, military responses to security issues can cause more serious environmental damage than civilian responses.

Unjust management of resources is common in occupations, with frequent appropriation of resources and excessive extraction, whether of water or minerals. Environmental control can be limited or privileged, which facilitates environmental degradation. The occupied population may not be able to enjoy the same environmental human rights as the occupied, and will be forced to live with limited resources, poor environmental services, and higher levels of pollution. (texajp_7)

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