Humans consume an average of 80 to 100 gallons of water per day. 136.78 billion gallons (or 3.26 billion barrels) of gasoline were consumed in the US alone in 2014.
The amount of resources and productivity of waste continues to grow as the population on Earth increases. As global consumption increases, it is vital that human’s are knowledgeable of ways to take initiative to preserve and measure nature’s capacity to meet these demands. No, no, no this is not a global warming post. Global warming is pretty irreversible at this point as technology continues to speed up.
While taking an Anthropology course and a Modern Social Problem class in college, my professors had each student do an assignment using The Global Footprint Network. The Global Footprint has emerged as one of the world’s leading measures of human demand on nature. The Global Ecological Footprint Accounting addresses whether the planet is large enough to keep up with the increase of human demands.
We all have a social responsibility to take care of the places in which we live in. The earth belongs to all human beings.
Instead of writing on preserving energy and watching how much Americans consume in energy usage, I decided to get the whole community involved and write ways for big corporations within in urban cities, small business owners, and those living in low income housing projects and the surrounding suburbs can all help one another out.
In order to make neighborhoods healthier , people must address the problems that are not being announced.
In low income communities (which is still racially segregated) , abandon buildings create a playground for crime, pollution, and unsanitary conditions that create hazardous conditions for the people in the surrounding area. These abandoned buildings can be replaced with new housing developments that will bring in more residents to help with the communities economy. These housing developments should be sufficient and cost efficient enough for low income families, college students, and new emerging adults. However many housing development projects for low income families always end up being placed in the ghetto and are racially segregated.
Even if the abandoned buildings aren’t replaced with new housing, couldn’t there be away to turn some of the abandon buildings into community recreational facilities, modern day shopping malls, new gymnasiums for the youth, community resource centers. Which brings me back to that lovely word capitalism! My ex and I had a debate about their being only 13 families in the world who could make anything happen but choose not to in order to control the masses.
If small business owners of that community continue to advocate for the well being of their neighborhoods , meeting with policy makers and politicians as well as big business owners with a formulated and conducive plan it could change bits and pieces of the problems low income families face. Unfortunately capitalism is the way of our world and money is the language everyone speaks.
Even politicians know that when buildings or housing structures are modernized, it creates a safe environment for children, adults, and the elderly. But in order to keep the rift raft down of course prices increase with these new developments, especially depending on the location.
Another way to make neighborhoods healthy and safer is by preserving nature , creating nature preserved trails for families. With the closing of many public schools as well as new age parents becoming more involved in homeschooling their children or having the parenting style of free range parenting, the parks will provide interaction between family and child with learning more about the environment.
Family owned grocery stores should also be taken into an account. Liquor stores and bars seem to sweep the streets of low income neighborhoods. The grocery stores will give people in the community healthy food alternatives. It will also stop the promotion of substance abuse that tends to rid the community of building family resilience when crises occur.
Resources such as counseling services, consultant services and other social resources can be placed in communities where families are having a hard time coping with their finances or other negative stressors.
When jobs are created and placed in a local community it creates an opportunity for stimulating investments and growth of the economy. Teaching families about safety plans when it comes to natural disasters, police brutality, and crime by having regular neighborhood meetings, will also make a neighborhood healthy Lastly, if neighbors continue to keep their streets clean by not littering it will promote a green atmosphere and lessen pollution.
Although this was just a brief essay I had to write for a class that may not even be taken into account, it was definitely worth the time in sharing some ideas that would only follow through if everyone worked together to accomplish a common goal. I guess the real reason why I wrote this was because everyone wants change but no one wants to be the voice and take a stand. I’m not stating anything that’s new, just want others to really think on how we can all socially get involved. I shared my ideas so what are yours? What will you do to make your neighborhoods healthy and safe?
Take the quiz The Ecological Footprint Quiz that let’s you know how much you consume as far as resources in your current region and what you can do to not become the problem.