Water Pollution As Public Health Enemy. Let’s Think Beyond Medicine! (part #2)

Young people are exceptionally the agent of change in society. To the greatest extent, they can be prepared to take risks in confronting conventional structures. Indeed, youth are often more sensitive and intuitive than many adults. Precisely, because they are inhereting a world we are living now. So it is obvious that young people need to be involved in many environmental  sustainability acts.

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Before they work in the real community, young people must utilize opportunities to develop passion and skills. They can actualize themselves through soft-skill training programs and youth projects. They can join youth groups which committed to empower young people which in turn might raise their self-esteem and creativity to identify and solve environmental problems.

As part of the community, youth should focus on bottom-up efforts. They can involve greatly in local, national, or even international youth networks where they can have discussion to cultivate solutions with other passionate and innovative youth accross the country and the world. This networking skill later will make use in their further effort to encourage other youth and local people to take steps in protecting environment. They can collaborate with every elements in society to be involve in enviromentally actions (i.e green school connects innitiave). The youth, moreover, are more easy to engage to the community since people see them as an independent generation. Their intention is just for for the public’s interest not self-interest.

In this developing world, young people can employ technology to raise people awareness in this enviromental sustainability issue. For instance by using social media, youth can create open-platform to link the community with experts, stakeholders, and other environment enthusiasts from any part of the world. They can make the best use of this method to draw a crowd-funding for the small local industry who need financial aid to create environmentally-harmless business. To their best knowledge, many research and assessment strategies in environmental field can be employed by the youth as they have different education background and strongly connected to the education center. The result of the research can later fortify innovation in enviroment protection program.

In the idustry sector, it is clear that young people play immense role to gain skill in small businesspeople. They can educate business owners and workers about the dangers of toxics and the benefits of cleaner production. Let them know about alternatives that can substituted for toxic products. In fact, small businesses in dye industry can reduce harmful waste in many ways, such as avoid the most toxic dyes, control the amount of toxics use, reuse by products fro dying as materials to make other products, reuse cleaning water to make the next batch of dye, and use high-pressure hoses for cleaning to reduce the amount of wastewater. The industry sewage must be treated properly so it will not pollute the environment. These strategies can be offered to the small business by holding workshop with collaboration with local or national experts. The youth can strenghten this groundworking by holding a competition with support from local or national government, companies, or groups.

Yet, as the fuel in society, youth are encouraged to advocate this issue to the stakeholders. By doing so, government will be convinced to make an immediate act upon enviromental sustainable issue, particularly in industrial waste disposal.

Given all the potential of the youth have, they are indeed are expected to make a significant change in their community and also they able to help small industry to participate in such a long-run of environmental sustainable acts.

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