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 standard. We can also think of them as the backbone for state agencies and tribes to succeed in their goals. More specifically, I’d like to acknowledge their contribution; providing grants to state environmental programs, non-profits, educational, and many other organizations and programs. They’ve offered grants to fund fourteen programs such as Air Grants, Pollution Prevention Grants, Science to Achieve Results Grant, and more. These grants make it possible for projects such as the National Sustainable Design Expo (where colleges help bring clean energy to the Himalayas through solar cooker, heater, and electricity), the scientific studies that provide measurable information, and the cleanups. Furthermore, EPA teaches the public about the Environment. In their website they wrote, “Protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility, and it starts with understanding the issue” (EPA, 2012). They do this by offering information on their website. You’ll find categories such as, Learn about environmental issues, Science and Technology, and Laws and Regulations. This site is resourceful and key to knowledge so that the public can learn, understand, and tackle environmental issues. I like to say, “If we don’t know, how will we know to change?”

Instead of acknowledging another organization, I’d like to acknowledge an advocate who is determined to educate society about the environmental issues and the effect society has on it. Al gore has been an advocate who is dedicated to teaching people around the globe about our environmental crisis. He created a documentary called the Inconvenient Truth that “give voice to a crisis that impacts us all: global warming” (Jacobson, 2012) He also created the Oscar winning documentary “that made global warming the number one topic of conversation” (Gore, 2006). Moreover, he is the founder and chair of the Climate Reality Project; it is a project that “exists to forge an unwavering bedrock of impassioned support necessary for...
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