Today is World Environment Day, a day designated by the United Nations as a day to raise awareness around the importance of protecting and improving our environment. First held in the United States in 1974, this campaign has grown to a global platform celebrated in over 100 countries. This year, China is the host country and the theme is Air Pollution.
The World Health Organization estimates that around 7 million people die every year from exposure to fine particles in polluted air that penetrate deep into the lungs and cardiovascular system, causing diseases including stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and respiratory infections, including pneumonia.
By identifying the main sources of air pollution, we are better able to take steps to improve the quality of the air that we breathe every day and thus making our Earth a healthier place to live.
Causes of Air Pollution
The main human sources of air pollution are: Agriculture, Household, Industry, Transport, and Waste. Here are some ways that we can take small steps to reduce air pollution…
- Agriculture – By moving to plant-based diets or reducing food waste in general, there will be less burning of agricultural waste that pollutes the air.
- Household – Using cleaner fuels and efficient stoves for indoor heating and cooking will helps reduce indoor air pollution.
- Industry – By switching to a green energy provider, turning off devises when they are not in use and using more energy-efficient equipment we will be able to reduce outdoor air pollution.
- Transport – Reducing vehicle emissions is an important intervention to improve air quality, especially in urban areas. You can help by walking, cycling, car-pooling, using public transportation, or switching to an electric or hybrid vehicle.
- Waste – Improving how we collect, separate, and dispose of solid waste will reduce the amount of waste that is burned or landfilled. By separating organic waste and turning it into compost or bioenergy we can help improve soil fertility and provide an alternative energy source.
To learn more, you can visit the United Nations’ World Environment Day website.
Wesley Enhanced Living’s Kindness Committee is focused on raising awareness around ways we can Be Kind to the Earth and we hope you will also take action to #BeatAirPollution and Be Kind to the Earth.
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