Ensuring Healthy Environments

Dec 2015
A healthy environment is made up of many elements that are indispensable for our physical and spiritual health, our cultural wellbeing, and our happiness. Among these are, of course, breatheable air, drinkable water, and enough food to feed the community all of which can become contaminated. A healthy environment also includes factors that we don't often think about. Pollution from noise and light (excessive lighting where there should be shadows or darkness), as well as "visual pollution" (from fences, billboards, tall buildings, and other objects that obstruct visibility), may not harm us as quickly as toxins in our food, water, or air, but, over time, they erode our physical and mental health.