Your health depends on your environment. You interact with your environment every moment – you breathe air, drink water, dispose of trash, walk, drive, and consume products.
The World Health Organization defines “environment” as it concerns human health, as “all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related behaviors.” So human health depends upon managing disease conditions and disability related to our interactions with our environment.
Managing our environmental health means being concerned with a range of factors, including preventing or reducing human exposure to hazardous substances in our air, land, water, and food.
Unfortunately, exposure to harmful substances often occur disproportionately among populations whose health is already at risk, such as those with existing disease conditions and those in socio-economically marginalized communities.
To address issues concerning environmental health, the Ohio Environmental Council advocates for a range of protective policies and conducts community education to help Ohioans have a voice in shaping better public health policy. We work on water and air pollution, offer community presentations on hazardous substances, and advocate for healthier consumer products.