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considering the relationship between individuals and communities, there are two main considerations.

  1. The way that individuals understand their role and ability to act
  2. The way that individuals see and understand their actions within a larger social context

I believe that the relationship between the individual and the environment or natural world depends pretty much on the person’s physical and social environment. Throughout the history of mankind, man has affected the environment in ways that are irreparable, irretrievable, and irreversible. While a lot has been lost due to human actions, it is also true that what is now valued about the environment has been preserved and protected through human action as well. I believe that humans have the responsibility to protect and restore the environment community because the environment can actually influence the individual’s behavior and motivation to act. People have a strong role to play when it comes to the environmental community.

In today’s modern world of technology, every action people take is leading towards the destruction of the natural world. One example I can think of using the natural resources from the earth such as petroleum is depleting the earth from its natural resources, and the gas emissions from the manufacturing plant are already causing dangerously high pollution, which is damaging not just the environment, but it is also detrimental to mankind.

It has come to my mind when I was a kid, how I kept hearing the grown-ups talking about what was going in on the little island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. For over 60 years, the U.S. Navy used and abused the small island as a bombing range and site for military training exercises. The beautiful island got sick. From young children to old people, thousands got sick and believed their ailments were the cause of military exercises. The Navy eventually accepted to using heavy metals and toxic chemicals like depleted uranium and Agent Orange on the island. They, however, up to this day deny any link between their activities and the health conditions of the island’s residents. In 1997, nonetheless, a nonprofit organization noticed that the incident of cancer was extremely higher than the rest of Puerto Rico. Twenty-seven percent higher. A public grievance was filed against the Department of Health and this was just the beginning.

This is an excellent example of people’s beliefs, behaviors, and actions that can cause so much damage not just to the environment, but to humanity as well.

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