Air pollution is a rapidly growing issue in the modern era. This project aims to research air pollution, educate students on past legislation enacted to counter air pollution, and inform students on the impact of air pollution on mental and physical health.
The Inequalities of Air Pollution as it affects the black community.
Black communities are more likely to live in communities next to highways and other sources of air pollution due to the unjust actions of segregation
Black communities are more likely to be subject to the diseases and mental illnesses caused by air pollution
Politicians often purposely place toxic plants and air pollution sources near communities of people of color
Not all people, including students at the University of California, come from the same socioeconomic areas. The Green Campus Action Plan at the University of California, Riverside, is committed to addressing the lives of ALL students and supporting them through equality and social mobility.
Mental health is the emotions, behaviors, and stress levels placed on the brain.
What are mental and physical health?
Physical health is the overall appearance and structural health of the body
Air pollution leads to severe consequences, especially in children. According to the WHO, "14% of the world's children between the ages of 5-18 have asthma-related issues due to air pollution" (WHO).
A common side effect of air pollution is respiratory issues such as lung damage. It can also lead to and worsen asthma.