Module 3 • Natural Resources: Case Study
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The Community Web
Air Quality Materials for Health
Improve Air Increase Profits Improve people’s
… An environmentalist … A business person … A health professional
If we look at components separately, they often work against each other. Shutting down a factory
may improve air quality, for example, but if many people are out of work they will not be able to
afford health care.
When components are considered as connected we can look for solutions that work throughout the
community. For example, improved air quality affects the quality of other natural resources, which in
turn is used as materials for production. Having materials for production allows people to have jobs,
which in turn affects their health and poverty levels.