173805 A human rights approach to community based environmental health: A community guide

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 8:30 AM

Pam Fadem , Hesperian Foundation, Berkeley, CA
Starting from a human rights and environmental justice perspective, Hesperian's Community Guide to Environmental Health, was developed with community groups internationally as a practical guide to solving common environmental health problems. Faced with the increasing global crisis in environmental health, including the lack of clean water and air, healthy food and arable land, and increasingly toxic pollution, the Community Guide offers step-by-step solutions accessible to both rural and urban communities to some of the most common problems. As well, the Guide offers community organizing strategies used successfully by people throughout the world in their struggles for environmental health and justice. From plans for building dry, composting toilets, ways to insure clean water even in the face of environmental disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the 2005 Southeast Asian tsunami, to simple steps to do a 'trash Walk' to assess your community's strengths and weaknesses in managing household and community-level wastes, and practical ways to grow food in urban as well as rural areas without using toxic chemicals, this Guide offers people hope and empowerment in the face of what seems like overwhelming “global chaos.”

Learning Objectives:
Identify at least 3 sociopolitical barriers to community environmental health. Describe at least 3 effective organizing strategies communities use to address an environmental health problem. Discuss the scarcity-excess analysis of environmental health from a human rights and environmental justice perspective.

Keywords: Community Health, Environmental Justice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am one of the authors of Hesperian's Community Guide to Environmental Health
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.