The health, safety, environmental degradation, and environmental sustainability problems of our society, including global warming, continue to grow, while we have less money than ever to resolve them. At the same time, the previous concerns related to environmental degradation, environmental sustainability, injuries, and spread of disease have not subsided, but rather have increased in scope and complexity.
We need to use all of our existing resources in an effective manner including integrating the knowledge and practices of professionally trained personnel, generalists and specialists, both in environmental health and in environmental protection, while exposing them to a broad understanding of the inter-relationships between the various environmental media and the affect that a single action in one area may have on other environmental problems. We have to recognize the significance of the knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm of the large numbers of people and organizations in the environmental movement, the conservationists, the preservationists, the ecologists, the environmental justice groups, the sustainability groups, the public health and occupational health oriented groups, etc. We have to incorporate and utilize the knowledge and practical experience of the various professional associations, the high school students and teachers interested in protecting the environment, the college and university students and teachers who are working toward degrees in environmental health and environmental protection through a multitude of Bachelors and Masters programs ranging from environmental health to ecology to pollution control to environmental quality to environmental sustainability; the various news media; and the numerous politicians at the local, state, national, and international level.
We have to increase the numbers of professionally trained people working with the latest scientific knowledge and an understanding of successful programs utilizing Best Practices that have actually worked in the past and present. These techniques need to be used as examples for developing programs to help resolve current and future problems. The professionals then need to adapt this knowledge to meet the specific concerns of their community.
We need to share, adapt, and use the existing tools that we have by making available Best Practices and special resources for the multitude of existing and planned inter-related environmental programs.
We also need new tools to resolve these problems. We need to understand the major concerns of today and tomorrow and how to use available knowledge to fulfill the promise made in the Constitution of the United States of America that we all have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which includes good health, the avoidance of disease and injury, and the protection and preservation of the environment for future generations.