The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) recently held a webcast focusing on Asthma and African American children. The discussion was around how study after study has shown that airborne particulate pollution has sent asthma rates soaring among Latino and African American children. The smokestacks of coal-powered electric plants are spewing their poisons over poorer neighborhoods and many power plants stand in the shadow of school buildings and playgrounds where children spend their days. Particulate pollution triggers and aggravates asthma.
A new study by Dr. Sande Okelo of Johns Hopkins indicates that African American patients are suffering longer from poorly controlled asthma than their Caucasian counterparts before being seen by an asthma specialist.
Reading this information led me to explore the content of another website called We Act. There was valuable information regarding Achieving Environmental Justice by Building Healthy Communities.
Their plans are:
Clean Air - Elimination of ambient air pollutants emitted from transportation, housing and other facilities, including small business sources.
Affordable, Equitable Transit - Access by residents of affordable, safe, clean and reliable forms of public and alternative transportation.
Reducing Waste, Pests, and Pesticides - The appropriate management of solid waste, pest and pesticides.
Toxic Free Products - Access to and use of consumer products that do not contain chemicals at levels harmful to human health.
Good Food in Schools - Safe, fresh and nutritious school meals that are prepared in schools in a quality environment, that kids eat and parents support to contribute to the reduction of childhood obesity.
Sustainable Land Use - Promoting land use, planning and zoning policies that support community health and wellness.
Healthy Indoor Environments - Reduced exposure to indoor pollutants in residences, workplaces and schools.
Waiting to Inhale online seminar retrieved from http://nbcdi.org/blog/2011/06/20/soaring-rates-of-asthma-among-african-american-kids
Achieving Environmental Justice by Building Healthy Communities retrieved from http://.weact.org