This story originally aired on Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Now.
Your house could be making you sick. When you think about environmental issues, you might picture toxic chemicals in the air or the water, but the environment we inhabit most of the time is our homes, and there can be problems there, too.
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Some of these issues are because of the aging housing stock. In Detroit, for example, 80 percent of housing units were built before 1960, meaning older windows, lead paint, and aging heating and cooling systems are becoming big problems. Other issues, like damaged roofs or flooded basements, can lead to mold and chronic respiratory issues for the people living in these homes.
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Join environmental journalist Nina Ignaczak for a look at the environmental justice efforts happening in cities like Detroit. Nina takes us inside the home of Thomasenia Weston, a longtime Detroit resident living with environmental issues in her home on the city’s southwest side. Plus, gain insights and perspective from a Detroiter who created a community and climate-focused consulting firm, as well as a physician who thinks about housing as a vital piece of public health.
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