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RE: Why should we care?



Living Downwind by Sandra Steingraber makes a well-researched case for environmental causation of cancer.

-----Original Message-----
From: MacCormac, Deborah [mailto:Deborah.MacCormac@dep.state.fl.us]
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2003 2:09 PM
To: p2tech
Subject: Why should we care?


A statistic that I read recently stated that 78% of all human diseases can be
attributed to  environmental exposure, the other 22% is genetic. How accurate
is that %, I wonder? 
Food for thought in any case.

Deborah MacCormac



-----Original Message-----
From: Illig, Richard [mailto:rillig@state.pa.us]
Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2003 1:38 PM
To: 'Burt Hamner'; p2tech; ONE-L
Cc: elevy@tellus.org
Subject: RE: Basic environment/industry info


Burt,

I'm not aware of any publications that answer the question, but perhaps the
simplest answer to "why we should care" is human health.

Didn't the environmental movement really start with needed improvements in
the work environment?  These "improvements" developed into the need to
generally safeguard workers and the public from exposure to unhealthy
conditions developing in the environment?  I would also suggest that
environmental disasters as well as simpler problems fueled public perception
of the need for improved environmental safety & protection, hence
legislation.  Population growth quickly limited the ability of people or
industry to simply let waste wash downstream, burn, or be buried safely and
without long-term consequences.  (Lawyers and liability suits - I would guess
- also fueled the need for improved management of almost everything.)

Ric

    


-----Original Message-----
From: Burt Hamner [mailto:bhamner@cleanerproduction.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2003 12:09 PM
To: p2tech; ONE-L
Cc: elevy@tellus.org
Subject: RV: Basic environment/industry info


Hi P2Tech and One-L
This turns out to be an interesting question, maybe the listservs can help
do you know of a good - downloadable - publication that describes not only
the emissions from industry but also WHY we care about them, for example
wastewater - so what? what happens, why is it a problem, who and what does
it affect?  I searched through my refs and sources and did not find anything
that really seems to fit the bill.  A suitable answer to "what are the
environmental impacts from industry and why should we care?" (its that last
part that seems lacking in most pubs) might cover

Use of natural resources eg water, forest, fish etc and impact on competing
users eg other animals
Use of chemicals and resulting impacts from chem production up the supply
chain
Ditto for packaging
Facility emissions to air, water, land, and what happens and why and so what
Impacts of products - transport, use and disposal
Marketing - encouraging unsustainable consumption in general as well of a
company´s products

While the "so what" question might seem trite if you work in this business
of cleaner production or biz and enviro, it is a very valid question for a
vast majority of business managers around th world, especially those used to
daily enviro degradation in urban areas, who get their water from taps or
bottles and whose garbarge "magically" disappears every night.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

Burt Hamner


Hello Burt,
Deb Savage and I are developing some materials for a training course on
Cleaner Production that will be delivered to an audience of mixed technical
and non-technical backgrounds in Korea.  We are interested in including some
very basic information about the different kinds of impacts that industry in
general has on the environment.  Surprisingly, most of the Cleaner
Production and Pollution Prevention materials we've looked through skip this
introductory information, and start with the idea that industry does harm
the environment without talking about how.  I have looked through your
"Greatest Hits" CD and was overwhelmed by information, but none of it quite
this basic and general.  Do you have any suggestions of where I could find
this?
Thanks,
Liz


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