Deborah Paz is a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso. She has been a member of Advocates for Youth’s Cultural Advocacy Mobilization Initiative since 2011. She serves as the Vice President of the Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter on her campus.
Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22 1970, following the civil rights movement. I feel it’s not a coincidence a social and nature movement sprung around the same time, but because people begin to realize that environment and societies have bigger interconnection with nature.
When I entered college I learned more about environmental cautions that I would have never thought to have linked or have any connections with, reproductive health. Being green is not just a fad, but also changing how the public will understand the different types of environmental and social injustice that are linked. Living in a modern industrial and consumerism day of age, environmental distress is high not only as our natural resources get used at a much high rate, social injustice has prevailed as a consequence. Factories create unsafe working and toxic conditions while household and personal hygiene products have many chemicals in them that create unsafe consumption that may lead to reproductive health and other health complications. These are modern industrial types of environmental issues that are common amongst society today.
As a young person, I am grateful to be a youth activist regarding concern over reproductive and environmental issues. Intersectional perspectives of reproductive health are vital towards progressing in this movement and using environmental insight will help achieve towards a diverse understanding and solution for women and reproductive health. As a graduating college senior, I intend to further my studies in public health and gain new depth and insights of these links, till then I will not only practice or inform myself on earth day, but every day of the year to strengthen my appreciation.