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Environmental Issues Know No Boundaries

2013 December 24

By Salimatou Pratt

If you’re like me, talking about environmental issues is normal, especially around the dinner table with family and friends. Coming from Conakry, Guinea, and learning about how I may have been exposed to toxicity from local industries while growing up, has intensified my desire to be part of the bigger environmental discussion. Interning in EPA’s Office of Public Engagement has given me a unique perspective on how the agency connects with communities, both nationally and internationally.

When I visited my family in Guinea two years ago, I paid attention to things I hadn’t thought about before, such as lead-based paintpesticides, and contaminants in drinking water.  In my community, these are things that directly affect the homes we live in, the food we eat, and the water we drink. I have seen firsthand how the lack of oversight of these basic needs has taken a devastating toll on people, families and communities. While pursuing my liberal arts degree at The Evergreen State College, I’ve concentrated on environmental studies to learn more about health hazards, both here in the US and in my home country.

I constantly ask myself what I can do to help the most vulnerable people, like children, pregnant moms and seniors. The first step towards addressing these issues is to raise awareness, so I’ve been helping to support the current conversation about EPA’s proposed standards on carbon pollution for existing power plants in the US. It’s exciting to know that everyone in this country has the opportunity to comment on rules like this and that their voices are an important part of the rule making process.

I’m committed to applying my knowledge of public health and lessons learned during my coursework and internship to help educate those around me, especially the most vulnerable in my local community in Guinea.

About the author: Salimatou Pratt is a fall intern with EPA’s Office of Public Engagement and is graduating from The Evergreen State College in Tacoma, Washington. She is planning to further the conversation about the environment in her home town of Conakry, Guinea.

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19 Responses leave one →
  1. Bouchakour permalink
    December 24, 2013

    I applaud your efforts in the improvement of the environment and its implications on human health and as a biologist, I share more with you this objective because the environment also affects the survival of animals especially those that are already threatened.
    God bless and best regards

  2. ali hasan permalink
    December 24, 2013

    I am ready to help any one.

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    December 25, 2013

    Useful Information :)

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    December 30, 2013

    Thank you so much for sharing very useful information

  5. evden eve nakliyat permalink
    January 2, 2014

    Thank you so much for sharing

  6. Dattigy permalink
    January 5, 2014


    There is a lot of environmental work to be done and awareness to be raised in Guinea. From the undrinkable water to the burning of trash and car pollution. Guinea will be in good hands if you continue your work!


  7. Kennef permalink
    January 5, 2014

    Good info and great to see the passion you have for these valuable causes!

  8. Charles M Pratt permalink
    January 6, 2014

    I applaud your concern on the environment. The earth needs more people like you to represent it. ” THE EARTH NEEDS A GOOD LAWYER”.

  9. Amina Freeman permalink
    January 11, 2014

    Your passion and concern for environmental issues are evident in your writing. Thanks for continuing to bring awareness to a very important issue but most importantly, for shining light on the same issue in Conakry, Guinea, a place that is also impacted by environmental issues.

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    January 12, 2014

    Working together I hope we all can help resolve Environmental Issues for our future generations.

  11. udit permalink
    January 12, 2014

    Lovely post thankyou so much for sharing

  12. Robert permalink
    January 13, 2014

    Thank you very much for all of the information that you posted here.

  13. Hadija.M permalink
    January 17, 2014

    This is a grave issue that needs to be addressed especially in African countries. Keep up the good work, I know you’ll do great!

  14. Foreverfat permalink
    January 19, 2014

    wow! Keep up the great work Sali.

  15. Fatoumata Fifi Doumbouya permalink
    January 21, 2014

    I am greatly pleased to support you in this leadership endeavor, for our African countries, particularly Guinea-Conakry needs positive leaders like you to provide the best for the nation and its vulnerable individuals. I sincerely admire the project and your good intentions as you tend to be a servant and authentic leader on your pathway in addressing this environmental issue that appears to be one of the great concerns linked to human sanitation.
    However, I incessantly encourage you in your tremendous work with all the blessing and prayers that you succeed at making a positive change one day. Just be perseverant and a follower of your dream.
    A very captivating and informative posting!

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    January 22, 2014

    Working together I hope we all can help resolve Environmental Issues for our future generations.

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    October 31, 2014

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