One of the most important aspects of our environment that we, as humans, need to understand and protect is our air quality. While the air we breathe might not seem to be too important on its own, it’s something that has a very significant impact on our health and well-being. In fact, pollution in the air can have such a negative impact on us and our environment that some places have had to create legislation that bans certain things from being done because of how dangerous they are to other living things in the area.
Toxic chemicals in our air, water and soil
A study by the Environmental Protection Agency found that we are exposed to more than 80,000 different chemicals every day. Many people believe that they can avoid these contaminants by eating organic food and drinking bottled water. The reality is that many pollutants are present in the air we breathe and because they’re in our soil, water and food supply, they make their way into our bodies. What’s worse, they accumulate over time so it’s difficult to know exactly how much has built up.
In some cases, a person may not show symptoms for years or decades after being poisoned. Those who are most at risk include: children, pregnant women and elderly people. Children don’t have fully developed immune system which means they’re more vulnerable to pollution-related illnesses like asthma, cancer and birth defects. Pregnant women experience hormone changes which make them prone to reproductive cancers and birth defects such as cleft palate. Elderly people have weaker immune systems due to age which means toxic substances build up faster inside their bodies.
How pollution affects children most
Children are the most susceptible to pollution because their bodies are still developing and they breathe about twice as often as adults. They can be exposed to pollutants that persist in the air for months or years, such as ozone and particulate matter (PM). Exposure to these pollutants can cause asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory illnesses. Air pollution has also been linked to premature births, low birth weight infants, and cardiovascular disease in children. Other effects include reduced lung function, an increase in inflammation which could lead to diseases like asthma, stroke, diabetes mellitus type 2 and more.
Solutions for reducing your waste output
In order to reduce your impact on the environment, you should start by reducing your waste output. Here are a few things you can do to start:
- Bring reusable bags to the grocery store.
- Buy items that come in recyclable packaging.
- Use biodegradable products like toilet paper, napkins, and paper towels when possible.
- Limit use of plastic straws and other plastic utensils.
- Pick up after your pet.
- Use re-usable water bottles instead of buying new ones.
- Invest in an air filter for your home or office.
- Make sure all plastics have been completely recycled before throwing them away (check the recycling symbol).
- Reduce electricity usage by unplugging unused devices, installing energy efficient light bulbs, and turning off electronics when not being used.
Tips for saving energy
Many people may not know that there are many ways to reduce energy and electricity usage. Some tips include unplugging electronics when they are not in use, switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, buying energy-efficient appliances or using a clothesline instead of a dryer. You can also make your home more energy-efficient by sealing air leaks and installing caulking around windows and doors. Installing storm windows is another way to help you save money on heating costs during the winter months. Investing in an energy-saving programmable thermostat is yet another way to be green while saving money.
How cars affect the environment
In the process of trying to create a product for consumers to buy, companies often disregard the environmental impact that their products have. Cars are one such product. The negative impacts of cars can be seen in our environment in two ways: climate change and air pollution. These two problems are caused by car emissions, like carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. These gases cause our climate to change and pollute the air we breathe in.
What you can do about it?
Listed below are some steps you can take to help reduce the negative impact that pollution has on our environment.
- Use public transportation instead of driving your car for short trips, or walk when possible.
- Buy a reusable water bottle instead of using disposable plastic water bottles.
- Recycle your waste and make sure to separate it by recyclable material like paper, plastics, glass, metal, and food. * Bike instead of driving when it’s safe to do so. Bring a refillable water bottle with you everywhere. Choose recycled products whenever possible and avoid products with excessive packaging. Reduce your use of disposable items like cups, plates, bags and utensils whenever possible.
The Empact of Pollution has a long-term impact on our environment. These effects will only worsen with time, and the effects can be seen in plants, animals and humans. There is no doubt that pollution is an issue that needs to be addressed by society as a whole. The negative impacts of this pollution on our environment are still being realized. The rate at which we are releasing pollutants into the air is quickly out pacing natural absorption rates.
We need to work together as a society to reduce these levels and protect future generations from harm. What are some possible solutions? Society needs to move away from a dependency on fossil fuels. Some ways to do this would be increasing the use of electric vehicles, increasing use of renewable sources such as wind or solar power, or regulating other industries like agriculture so they produce less methane.
It is imperative that we act now before it’s too late! It’s not too late. We have been told that it is inevitable but I refuse to believe that there isn’t hope. One way we could potentially stop climate change is by eliminating meat consumption. What would happen if you were vegan for just one day? For one year? For your entire life? If everyone chose veganism over animal products then there would be a large decrease in greenhouse gases produced every year.
It’s not too late, but you must take action soon!