Environmental Health Indicators in New Zealand


Understanding environmental health according to ehinz

The environment can directly and indirectly impact on our health and wellbeing. Environmental health examines the interaction between the environment and our health.

We use the following definitions:

  • Environmental health refers to aspects of human health (including quality of life) that are determined by physical, chemical, biological, social and psychosocial factors in the environment.
  • Environment broadly includes everything external to ourselves, including the physical, natural, social and behavioral environments.
  • Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and is not merely the absence of disease or illness.

Why is the environment important for health?

We need safe, healthy and supportive environments for good health. The environment in which we live is a major determinant of our health and wellbeing.  We depend on the environment for energy and the materials needed to sustain life, such as:

  • clean air
  • safe drinking water
  • nutritious food
  • safe places to live.

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My take on the importance of taking individual responsibility is because every person can make a difference, how you treat your environment, how you see the world, treat yourself, what you put into your body and what you put onto your body, and surround yourself with in your communities.

As Within, So Without.

As in the Microcosm, so in the Macrocosm (greek philosophy)

It’s everything to do with us and we do have control, even if it seems we don’t.

And corporations are ethically and morally expected to be Socially Responsible, that is of course, unless they are Big Pharma and oil oligarchs – and have their own agenda and rules (line their own pockets).

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