Public Health Is The Science Of Protecting And Improving The Health Of Families And Communities

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I. Introduction
Many people litter because they overlook the consequences it has on the environment due to not properly knowing about the effects. They know that littering is “bad”, but don’t know how or why it’s bad. Litter threatens public health because it is a breeding ground for bacteria, causes car accidents, starts fires, and harms and kills plants and animals. According to the CDC foundation, “Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases” ("What is Public Health?"). Public health plays a big role in everyone’s day to day lives directly and indirectly
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Because they’ve repeated a particular behaviour hundreds if not thousands of times, it’s been mentally reinforced to the point where they don’t even notice they’re doing it. Through repetition, these unconscious behaviours become imprinted in the person’s neural pathways and are so entrenched they’re very resistant to change” (“Why do people litter?”). Clearly, it’s important to teach people at a young age about littering to combat litter behavior as they get older. The first step in addressing the issue of littering is clearly defining it. The Interest Group for a Clean Environment in Switzerland states on their website “littering is the increasingly prevalent bad habit of thoughtlessly throwing away or leaving rubbish lying around in public places instead of using the rubbish bins or wastepaper baskets provided” (“What is littering?”). The act of throwing your fast food trash or water bottle out of a car window is considered littering. As previously stated in the introduction, a reason why many people litter is because they don’t know what kind of affects it has on people and the environment. In an article for Seattle Pi, Susan Reverman says, “Whether the litter is intentional or unintentional, large or small, it can drastically affect the environment for years to come” (“How does littering affect the environment?”). With marine litter, the items that are thrown into the ocean can harm animals that live in the water tremendously. Animals can swallow or get entangled in

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