Environmental change and community health


Regardless of ideology, overwhelming scientific evidence suggests that the environment is changing and humans have played a large part in creating this change (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC], 2007). Climate changes are predicted to have an enormous impact on the environment and global health, both directly and indirectly.


The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) maintains a Web site that discusses the impacts of these changes.



Using the left navigation menu on the EPA Web site listed above, select what you think is the most important issue that your generation needs to address—for example, agriculture and food supply or forests.


Using the readings for this module, the Argosy University online library resources, and in particular the above link, respond to the following:


  • Identify the generation that you are from, for example, baby boomer, generation X, or generation Y.
  • Examine how the issue that you selected affects public health directly or indirectly. How did your generation contribute to this issue?
  • Briefly summarize how this issue came about. Explain what is predicted to happen as climate change continues with respect to the issue you have chosen. If you chose climate change as your issue, then discuss the predicted impact on health.
  • Research how this issue is currently being addressed. Do you think this is a good strategy, or can this issue be addressed in a better way?


Support your statements with scholarly and credible references as well as appropriate examples.


Write your initial response in approximately 350 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.


By Saturday, March 9, 2013, post your response to the appropriate Discussion Area. Through Wednesday, March 13, 2013, review and comment on at least two peers’ responses. Consider commenting on the following:


  • How do your priorities differ from those of your peers’ priorities?
  • Do you feel your generation has impacted the environment differently than your peers’ generation? How so?
  • What do think about your peers’ choice as the most important issue to be addressed?
  • How do you think this issue will change with the changing climate?
  • What is your opinion on the current solution that people are using to solve this issue?


Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). (2007). IPCC fourth assessment report: Climate change 2007 (AR4). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from