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Environmental Health Powerpoint - Spring 08

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    ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH Dan Gerber, ED.D., M.P.H. My Body/My Health
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EARTH RESOURCES ARE LTMITED!!! We  pro duc e  m o re  than 400,000 to ns  o f g arbag e , at a rate   g re ate r the n any o the r natio ns  o n e arth.  Every Sunday more than 500,00 trees - Sunday paper.  (90% of these  newspapers are not recycled.)  We throw away 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour.    Plastic bottles take two hundred years to disintegrate.
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Annual production of chemicals: 1 millions a year tons in 1930 7 million in 1950,  Half of billion in 1990.“ "Incidence of skin cancer has increased one  hundred percent in the 1980's."
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Vice-President/ Nobel Peace Prise Winner - Al Gore "O ne  o f the  c le are s t s ig ns  that o ur re latio ns hip to  the   g lo bal e nviro nm e ntal is  in s e ve re  c ris is  is  the   flo o dtide  o f g arbag e  s pilling  o ut o f o ur c itie s  and  fac to rie s .  What s o m e  have  c alle d the   "throwaway society"  has  be e n bas e d o n the   assumptions that endless resources will allow us to produce an endless supply of goods and that bottomless receptacles (i.e. landfills and ocean dumping sites ) will allo w us  to  dis po s e  o f an  e ndle s s  s tre am  o f was te .  But no w we  are   be g inning  to  dro wn in that s tre am ."
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“A problem cannot be solved with the same type of thinking that created it .”  Albert Einstein If a problem cannot be solved with the type of thinking that created it,  the most fruitful way to resolve these dilemmas simply may be to  change the way we think.  (1) Crisis is rooted in the quality of level of our consciousness.  (2) Our failure to critically analyze the adequacy of the world view.   Answer: More critically thinking. (2)  Crisis is essentially a crisis of perception.  Answer: Systems  thinking – seeing the whole.
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Crisis is rooted in the quality of level of our  consciousness.  Mental Models -  Pre-conceived assumption about  life 
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Current Mental Models *  Nature is a machine To understand something we break it down into  pieces The world was made for us Materialism brings us happiness Growth is linear The earth is a dead rock that we happening to be  living on.
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Americans believe ,
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