Changing our future: environmental health

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With our unlimited stargazing opportunities and crisp, clean air, pollution isn’t something we often think about in Lake County. But inversions can lead to winter air quality woes, which in turn can exacerbate health problems. People toss trash on public lands, in ditches, and in waterways.

Worldwide, climate change impacts human health and wellness. It also disproportionately affects the poor. National Public Health Week cites a study that estimates “if nothing is done about climate change, the poorest third of U.S. counties could experience climate-related damages costing up to 20 percent of a county’s entire income.”

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What can you do?

We who call Lake County home have deep roots in this place and even deeper love of the land. Look for ways to make our home better, whether it’s picking up litter on the side of the highway or reusing what you can before throwing it out. If everything ends up in the dump, eventually we’ll need a new dump — and Lake County has so much beautiful land, it would be a shame to take up more for dump space than is absolutely necessary.

Taking care of this place where we work, play, pray, and love is an important part of living Outback Strong. Have pride in this place, and model care for Lake County to your family, friends, and co-workers. If we all work together, we will keep this place pristine for generations to come.

Don’t be afraid to speak up, too. Advocate for keeping Lake County healthy with elected officials. Don’t write off climate change as solely political. Get involved in cleanup efforts on public lands. Every little bit helps, and even one person makes a difference.

Do your little bit of good where you are. It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
— Desmond Tutu