Although its origin is unclear, the acronym â€œNIMBYâ€, or â€œNot in my backyard!” reflects a state of opposition to industrial development which could adversely impact individuals living nearby. This concept applies more generally to a common public perception around environmental healthâ€”everyone typically wants and expects a clean environment. Many individuals feel that breathing clean air and drinking potable water are fundamental rights. There are many governmental agencies whose role is to specifically ensure these rights, because many environmental health issues are beyond individual control. Further investigation will likely reveal that your own â€œbackyardâ€ or community is not free of environmental health concerns.
Environmental health is all around you. Familiarize yourself with the terminology of environmental health, review the Howard County Health Department media for the environmental health segment, and think about how hazards are identified and environmental health risks are assessed in populations. With this knowledge as a foundation, identify an environmental issue in your community. The issue may be either local, such as in your current hometown, or broader, such as within your state or country of residence.
Complete a 2- to 3-page Reflection Paper, to include the following: