Infrastructure and Earth Day
April 24, 2008

While kids often get geared up for Earth Day every April, it's often hard to get adults to undertake any lasting and meaningful action after the fact. Part of the problem is that Earth Day is portrayed as a matter of saving the planet. In reality, many of the things we do in the name of "saving the environment" are really matters of public health, and the longer we wait to describe them as such, the slower the progress we will make. For instance, cleaning up municipal wastewater is only superficially about protecting the planet. The truth is, wastewater treatment is necessary for protecting the safety of drinking water supplies downstream. But until that fundamental truth is widely acknowledged, it's unlikely that we'll see much progress towards investing in repairing the nation's environmental/public-health infrastructure.

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