Everyone in the world deserves the right to clean food and better health but are unable to freely have access to these healthier options. Let’s focus on some environmental rights that often get neglected in the United States of America. Five major acts created by the American government to promote environmental cleanliness are ignored by large coorparations in order to make more money: the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Montreal Protocol, and the Reformation Plan No. 3 of 1970. The Clean Air Act was a law to address air pollution signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1963 in response to various incidents such as the “Donora Death Fog” in Pennsylvania that killed 20 and causing serious health issues in over 600 others. In October of 1954 in Los Angeles, smog blanketed majority of the area, causing over 2,000 car crashes in one day, prevented planes from leaving or entering LA, and gave many people irritated eyes, coughing fits, nausea, and headaches. Another vital act was the Clean Water Act that was passed in the 1970s after the freshwater lakes, streams, and rivers were poorily maintained and had things such as trash and oil dumped in them. People get their drinking and bathing water from these fresh water systems and without them, there would be no useful sources of water for people to depend on. Constantly pushing chemicals into the environment is extremely dangerous and harmful to humans, plants, animals, and other organisms. Without the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, there would be higher mortality rates, in adults and children, more species going extinct, and an unsafe Earth for people to inhabit. Now that these acts were passed, the children with traces of lead in their blood dropped from 88% to 4%, reducing carbon emissions from cars saved 11, 700 lives in 2002, and there were less river fires. We still have a very long way to go when it comes to reducing our carbon footprints, but as long as we all band together to make Earth as healthy was possible, we should be in a great position to save the world.
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