The Need for a Clean Environment in the Society
Health can never be disregarded in life. Good health enables humans to be more and better productive and that is the reason why we all love to be in good health. However, as much as we may try to maintain proper hygiene and personal care, that doesn’t really guarantee that we may not be prone to diseases.
The environment that we live in may be contributing to the diseases that affect us. In the communities where we live in, there are diseases which may usually result due to the sanitation of the place or to other causes and they need to be addressed if at all we have to live in a healthy environment.
Since I was a child, I was prone to allergies and they usually worsened during spring. According to my parents and I, this was one condition that I was born with, and there was no likelihood of getting treatment for it. Actually, I can’t remember the last time that I ever visited a health center seeking treatment for my allergies. I considered them to be part of my life, and in case, they worsened, I usually resulted to some home-based remedies that my mother used to prepare- they always worked miracles.
However, as I grew up, the allergies didn’t subside. Actually they became worse. I still managed to get better. It was while I went in college far from home that I realized that I never experienced and allergic attacks. This made me believe that there was a connection between the atmosphere surrounding our place and the allergic attacks that I had faced since I was a kid. It was after high school that I took time to investigate the connection.
Creating Awareness to Reduce Pollution
Truly, there were a lot of things that I never had paid attention in the town since I was a kid but they were now making sense to me. The community that I grew up was highly polluted. Foremost, the various mining factories in the region contributed much to air pollution in the region.
Something had to be done about all that. I felt that there was a high correlation between the air pollution and the allergies that I had been suffering though I didn’t have any scientific evidence. I didn’t know where to start addressing all this, but I felt that the community needed to be sensitized about the issues so that something could be done.
Then there was the general pollution in the environment. There were many places where there was high presence of garbage which wasn’t being collected and through the years had been left to pile up. Simply, someone was sleeping in his work. This was too a condition that needed to be addressed. Speaking of the garbage, I can’t fail to mention that the sewage system also needed a complete overhaul and a better system put in place.
Sanitation is Important for a Healthy Community
A college kid like I was couldn’t do much to address all that. However, I was prepared to do the little that I could. That’s how I decided to join a local garbage group as a volunteer. However, even though the group was basically composed of volunteers, there wasn’t a specific place where the garbage could be taken for collection.
That posed the reason why garbage was left uncollected for long. It was while I was in this group that I proposed the need to pressure the municipal government to set up more official garbage collection points. This would enable the workers not to skip specific places where there was garbage, but they felt that they weren’t mandated to collect it.
That was the start of the complete overhaul of the environmental degradation that my community was facing. The moment that our pleas were heard by the municipal authority provided us an avenue to address more environmental needs. The lucky part of the whole process was the fact that we had a good municipal leader who was ready to listen to us. He ensures that our plight was addressed accordingly.
The hardest part that he faced was getting the mining factories to adhere to rules set up for the release of toxic gases to the environment, but after a long fight which involved even suits in law courts, they too had to follow the law. Today, we live in a clean community, and I believe that cases of sickness emanating from the environment have greatly reduced.