curriculum grew out of the Green Coalition's commitment to ensure
public participation that will preserve, protect, and restore the
environment and reduce risks to human health.
We maintain that having a voice in decision-making
relevant to our environment is inherent to democracy. Yet making
informed decisions about human health and the environment involves
often highly complex issues with data that is difficult to obtain
and interpret. Ohio's under-resourced communities are further
disadvantaged by their limited access to health care and education,
political disillusionment, low socioeconomic status, and racial and
minority group ethnicity. In effect, these communities of concern
are unable to effect change and create solutions for the broad range
of problems they experience, which include a disproportionate
exposure to environmental assaults.
The Coalition proposes to facilitate their
access to the decision-making process by environmental education via
a network of the professions already engaged with these communities:
counseling, social work, medicine, nursing, public health, and
education. The Assess Don't Guess curriculum provides the
tools for understanding environmental threats, related health
issues, the environmental regulatory agencies, the basics of risk
prioritization, and resolving environmental disputes.
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