Each of us are complete organisms that create the collective species of human beings. We are just one of the billions of species that live on the planet earth – which is in itself a complete organism much like ourselves at a larger scale. Therefore it stands to reason that the health of our planet will affect our own health.
Since the industrial revolution over 100 years ago, humans have emitted a disproportionate amount of compounds into the earth’s atmosphere, soils, rivers and oceans that have created an imbalance in the quality of the earth’s health. While many of these chemicals and compounds are naturally occurring, man’s influence has re-located them in places where they wouldn’t naturally occur in such high concentrations. An example of this is the high amounts of sulfer dioxide, nitrous oxide and mercury present in our air from a long history of burning coal. From the same source, mercury exists in our oceans and consequently in much of the fish that we in turn eat. Pharmaceuticals are routinely and legally released into our rivers and streams by drug manufacturers in their manufacturing process.
As it releates to our own health, what we breath and what we eat and what we drink is pretty important to our individual health. This is how our planet’s health can directly affect our personal health. Something to reflect on during this Earth Day 2009.
Here are some resource links that can give you more information on how you can keep yourself healthy by keeping our planet healthy.