Celebrate Children’s Environmental Health Day by sharing your vision
What does a healthy community look like?
The NYS Children’s Environmental Health Centers were seeking creative people of all ages to share their visions of what a healthy community looks like as we move forward through the COVID-19 era.
Environmental health includes factors relating to clean air, water and food; chemicals in consumer products; healthy homes, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods; as well as energy, transportation and financial networks. Communities of color and communities with less wealth are disproportionally affected by adverse environmental health factors.
Showcase of Results for 2021:
Marikit Mayeno “leaf structure”
This is the structure of a leaf on a molecular level. It is meant to draw awareness to the beauty and complexity in what we might view as every day objects that we see. To look at nature in its complexity and depth rather than just its surface.
Moses Ojo “It’s worth”
It shows how we can live together being safe and secured in a healthy environment.
Grace Kim “My Healthy Community”
I wrote a brief hybrid haiku and tanka that breaks down the meaning of the two words in “Healthy Community” and then further explained what the phrase means from my perspective.
Vivienne: "I love to go down the slide at the park. There are other kids playing with each other. The park looks good."
Seraphine: "The people in daycare clean the classroom. We play with toys. I feel happy because I like school."
Kazuteru: "I like to play with mommy and daddy at home. They make me laugh when they say funny things."
Umut: "I play with my sister Daphney at home. I share toys with everybody. When I share it makes my family happy."
Luna: "The animals are healthy. They are playing. They have homes that are healthy. The animals eat healthy food. The water is flowing around the world so there can be more and more water for the fish."
Charles: "I like to see water in the playground. The people are nice. I like to go really fast on the slide."
Hiroki: "My home protects me. I get to eat and drink and use it as a shield. My family is with me when I feel alone and they give me love."
Leanna: "At the playground lots of kids are wearing their mask. No one is sick there."
Emil: "I like the backyard. I like to play with the toys. Everyone is nice to me."
Charlotte: "I like the park. All the leaves are changing. I play on the swings. People are wearing mask and meeting each other."
Nilu: "I hug my mom at my house. I sit on mommy’s lap and make silly faces. We give each other love."
Nora: "A healthy environment has plants with no garbage. Plants with water and sun are growing."
East Harlem summer environmental health program in which children and parents studied their neighborhood and envisioned what a healthier community could look like – cyclopedia.us