Today is the 39th Earth Day here in the US. Doesn’t seem possible it’s been that long — I remember the first one pretty vividly. Sigh.
Anyway, it got me to thinking. One of my areas of concern in moving overseas is that I be in a people-friendly environment, at all levels. Not only do I want to be somewhere where people are friendly to one another, but the environment itself should be friendly. Decent quality drinking water, clean air, fresh, uncontaminated food. . .
I know that certain cities have high levels of air pollution. Agra, India, home of the Taj Mahal, is so bad that the Taj is being eaten away by it, for example. And I know folks have posted on some of the expat blog sites about high pollution levels in China’s industrial cities, and fast-growing third-world cities like Quito, Ecuador.
But what about other locations? How can I, as a future expat, find out whether the environment is salubrious (I love that word, and use it every chance I get!) on Panama’s Azuera Peninsula, or some of the Costa del Sud cities of Ecuador like Manta?
Does anyone have any ideas or resources to offer?