Community and environmental responsibilities

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C H A P T E R 5 COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES
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TO BE INFORMED How can you benefit others and yourself from volunteering in your community?
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TO BE INFORMED A citizen is a member of a community, such as a school, city or town, or country. The way you handle your responsibilities as a citizen is known as citizenship .
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TO VOTE AND PAY TAXES Voting is both a right and a responsibility. Tax dollars are used to pay for national defense, postal services, health inspection services, and police and fire protection. Roads, parks, and schools are all funded by taxes. As a citizen, you have aright to the services provided by tax dollars. You also have a responsibility to pay taxes.
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TO BE INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY Volunteers are people who provide valuable services by offering their time, talents, and energy free of charge. Most communities have a roster of volunteer opportunities available. Volunteering can benefit you in more ways than you imagine. It can help you determine your career interests. What other ways can volunteering benefit you?
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TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT Being a citizen also includes you having the right to live in a clean, healthy environment. You also have the responsibility to help keep your environment clean and healthy. Protecting the environment means doing your part to help keep the air and water supply clean.
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A HEALTHFUL ENVIRONMENT A healthful environment promotes good physical and mental health and enables people to reach their goals. It has clean air, unpolluted water, rich soil, and continuing supply of natural resources, and pleasant surroundings.
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RAPID POPULATION GROWTH The human population is increasing at a rapid rate and living longer. This affects the environment. As the population increases, the available living space for each person decreases. As more goods are produced and used, solid waste is created.
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SHRINKING NATURAL RESOURCES The earth has two categories of resources —renewable and nonrenewable.
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