Unformatted text preview: Why Study Environmental Health? Dale Stephenson, Ph.D., CIH
ENVHLTH 102/HLTHST 102 Global Environmental Health
Boise State University Why Study Environmental Health? First, a question!
In your opinion, which species has the most
influence on the earth’s ecosystem? 1 Why Study Environmental Health? Another question!
Are humans all powerful creatures that
can live independently, apart from nature? Why Study Environmental Health? Notable Observations
The natural world is stressed by human
influences and increasing population
Human health, well being, and survival
depend on the health and integrity of the
whole global environment. Will human influences lead to the collapse
of the entire earth system? 2 Why Study Environmental Health? Another Question!
What do you consider to be the biggest
threat to the ocean environment? Pascal Peduzzi (2004) "Is climate change increasing the frequency of hazardous events?" Environment Times 3 Earth
Earth Day Why Study Environmental Health? When was Earth Day Created? Why
Why Study Environmental Health? Global
Global Recognition of Environmental Problems
Stockholm Conference: 1972 (UNCHE)
Rio Conference: 1992 (UNCED) – 1st Earth Summit
Johannesburg: 2002 – Rio + 10
Copenhagen: 2009 – UN Climate Change Conference
Cancun, Mexico: 2010 – UN Climate Change Conference Main
Main outcome was to convince world governments
to adopt “sustainable development” policies
Policies that balance valid economic considerations with
Policies that satisfy reasonable human needs without
jeopardizing the well-being of future generations
well- 4 Why Study Environmental Health? Issues
Issues Confronting these Conferences
Eradication of Poverty Challenges
NorthNorth-South debate over the
financial burden to address
issues in 3rd world nations
Ethical debate with some issues
(i.e. family planning strategies) Why Study Environmental Health? Underlying
Underlying stance taken by developed
Hesitation to accept economic limits at
home to promote global environmental
stability US Stance?
“The US standard of living is not up for
negotiation” 5 Why Study Environmental Health? How
How does one affect change towards
United Nations Commission on Sustainable
Development (1992 Rio Conference)
Integrates environmental sustainability with global
Monitors commitments made on conference treaty
Grass Root Organizations
Committed citizens who work independently to
promote sustainable development for the sake of
future generations Why Study Environmental Health? What
W hat are some effective actions?
Actions that influence politicians to make
decisions that balance ecological concerns with
economic & social considerations What
W hat is your responsibility?
Educate oneself on crucial environmental issues!!
This course will cover crucial environmental health issues in
the belief that a well-informed, politically active citizenry is an
wellessential ingredient to the maintenance of the environment
where we all live, work, and play.
Rio Earth Summit - 1992 6 ...
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2012 for the course ENVHLTH 102 taught by Professor Dalestephenson during the Spring '11 term at Boise State.
- Spring '11