Collective Prevention Services calls on nation to help make environments healthier

POSTED: 06/5/12 11:51 AM

St. Maarten – Collective Prevention Services (CPS) congratulates the nation on World Environment Day – June 5. The annual observance is part of the department’s calendar of health observations and is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. The 2012 theme is “Green Economy: Does it include you?”
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) defines a green economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.
Environmental hazards are responsible for as much as a quarter of the total burden of disease world-wide, and more than one-third of the burden among children. Diarrhea, lower respiratory infections, various forms of unintentional injuries and malaria are at the top of that list.
The disease burden is much higher in the developing world, although in the case of certain non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases and cancers, the per capita disease burden is larger in developed countries.
Health impacts of environmental hazards run across more than 80 diseases and types of injury.
Well-targeted interventions can prevent much of this environmental risk. Worldwide, as many as 13 million deaths could be prevented every year by making our environments healthier.
World Environment Day celebrations began in 1972 and have grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.
“Let us join the global population in keeping our community and our environment healthier. World Environment Day is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations,” a release states.

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