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Sociology Essay

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One significant social problem, which is a social condition or pattern of behavior that has a negative consequence for individuals, our social world, or our physical world, is on environmental issues. The effect of pollution is detrimental to our environment causing air pollution, contaminated waters, erosion, health issues and much more. These issues can be directly related to littering, not recycling, vehicle emissions, toxins from factories and spills, deforesting, and landfills. Thankfully, we have advocates and agencies to help us understand the subjective aspect of this social problem. When we subjectively define or perceive a social issue as problematic, we call this social constructionism. We can thank the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A) and advocates, specifically Al Gore for educating the people and aiding to prevent pollution and to find solutions to our existing environmental crisis.

EPA is an agency that seeks to protect human health and the environment, hence their mission statement. The following are some of their mission statements: “ensuring all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live and work;” “ensuring federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively;” “ensuring all parts of society have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks” (EPA, 2012). The commitment of this agency to helping our community should be recognized and applauded. To accomplish their mission they develop and enforce regulations, give out grants, study environmental issues, sponsor partnerships, teach communities about the environment, and publish information. I would like to think of EPA as the first line of defense because they are the tools for other agencies (like the fish and wild life) to succeed and because they implement environmental laws by writing regulations to set national...