WHERE WE LIVE, WORK, PLAY, AND ARE EDUCATED
The amount of environmental stressors and pollutants that we are subjected to varies considerably with where we live, work, play, and are educated. There are some very special problems of the rural environment. (See endnote 21.) Programs are developed to control these environmental stressors and pollutants. (See Chapter 3 on “Built Environment-Healthy Homes and Healthy Communities.”)
MOBILE, GROWING, AND AGING POPULATION
(See endnotes 22, 23, 24)
Mobile and Growing Population
The population of the world is projected to grow from 6.9 billion people in 2010 to 9.3 billion people in 2050. Population growth leads to significant long-term and environmental degradation. As consumption of everything including land, water, clean air, food, raw materials, and space increases, the environment supporting these resources deteriorates rapidly. Increased mobility because of people pressure and also because of modern transportation contributes to the rapid spread of people from one part of the world to another and therefore disease.