Poverty And Problems: Environmental Pollution

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Continuing in the “Poverty And Problems” series, the topic of this blog post will talk about the problems that any country in the world is currently facing: environmental issues and global warming. Perhaps many people wonder what poverty has to do with environmental pollution and the abuse of natural resources. This article will answer this problem.

Everyone must realize the link between poverty and environmental challenges. People’s poverty strains the environment, while environmental issues cause the poor to suffer greatly. Whether wealthy or impoverished, people consume water, food, and natural resources to stay alive. Natural resources underpin all economic activity, whether directly, indirectly, or indirectly, and any demand for natural resources can result in environmental stress.

Environmental deterioration can make it difficult for individuals, particularly the impoverished, to live in safe and sanitary conditions. Because impoverished people rely more directly on the environment for their survival than the wealthy, they are disproportionately affected by environmental issues.

Poverty often leads to people putting more pressure on the environment, resulting in larger families (due to high death rates and insecurity), improper human waste disposal, unhealthy living conditions, and more pressure on fragile land to meet their needs, as well as overexploitation of natural resources and deforestation. Inadequate understanding of agricultural procedures can also decrease crop output and productivity, among other things.

“When you look at societal choices, people make poor choices for good reason. Poverty drives pollution and pollution drives poverty.”

Professor Robert Shorten

Poverty also contributes to environmental damage through air pollution. As previously said, underprivileged populations lack the necessary expertise in producing practices. As a result, how people use resources to help themselves live is destructive to the resources around them and the planet.

Air pollution is a primary effect of inadequate industrial processes, whereas water pollution results from poor water management, which is caused by a lack of information. Water contamination has far-reaching consequences that extend beyond the disadvantaged neighborhood. Water pollution depletes the soil of essential nutrients, kills fish, and is hazardous to human health.

Many impoverished women lack the resources to utilize birth control because extreme poverty does not often allow for extensive birth education. As a result of their limited access to resources and knowledge, impoverished women are more likely to have children later than they would prefer.

As the world’s population rises, greater emphasis is focused on the environment. Every human person consumes a portion of the environment’s resources, and with so many births coming from impoverished regions, the environmental costs are becoming increasingly burdensome.

In fact, poverty seriously affects the environment, but the environment also exacerbates poverty. Poverty and pollution are inextricably intertwined. Pollution-related mortality accounts for over 92 percent of deaths in low- and middle-income nations. Because modest exposures to pollutants in prenatal and early childhood can result in permanent sickness, disability, premature death, and diminished learning and earning capacity, children are the most susceptible victims of pollution. Because of a lack of data collecting and scientific study on many contaminants, the health effect of pollution is likely to be far bigger than can be adequately assessed today.

The poor are greatly affected by environmental pollution. Direct medical expenditures, costs to healthcare systems, and opportunity costs resulting from missed productivity and economic growth are all costs associated with pollution-related diseases. Pollution-related welfare losses are projected to be $4.6 trillion per year or 6.2 percent of world economic output.

Environmental pollution, in particular, may have substantial effects on children, especially impoverished children, because where a person lives has a significant impact on how they develop and who they become. Climate, housing alternatives, land availability, water supply, disease-carrying insects, waterborne infections, local infrastructure, healthcare access, and other factors influence a child’s quality of life and living level.

The environment in which a kid grows can worsen physical health issues and impact their mental health. When violence erupts or a natural disaster strikes, overcrowded metropolitan areas with many impoverished people living in slums increase the danger of disease transmission, especially during a pandemic or health emergency, and they also raise the death toll.

Poverty and Environmental Pollution have a close relationship; therefore, the presence of one of the above two factors will affect and aggravate the condition of the other factor. Therefore, to contribute to solving either or both of the above problems, the governments of the countries should try to come up with policies or campaigns to call and educate people to protect the environment and hunger eradication and poverty alleviation, especially in remote and underdeveloped areas. The government needs to educate people to be aware of the relationship between poverty and environmental issues to improve their quality of life.

At Project Sprouts, we realize that we can not solve all the problems of poverty in a situation like this. But we can seek to make a difference in the lives of needy children by giving them school supplies and encouraging them to continue their education; we can give them winter coats, boots, and blankets to help them stay warm during the cold winter months.

Project Sprouts would love to have you be a part of our community and help us help worthy children in North Vietnam. We cannot solve all the world’s problems, but we can do our part to help poor kids grow by giving school supplies, winter coats, boots, and other supplies.

You can find out more about Project Sprouts by clicking here or going to our give now page to donate by clicking here. As we are a grassroots organization, all funds help those in need.

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Huong Nhi Nguyen

I am Huong Nhi, and my favorite things are reading books, listening to some pop music, or just relaxing under the sunlight and enjoying the day. Writing may sound a little bit boring, but when you start it, you cannot escape from the feeling of being addicted to it without stopping. My favorite quote is “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer” by Albert Camus.

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