Air pollution has been an ongoing problem for the past years. The health effects can be adverse, and it can even lead to death. In fact, in the UK alone, around 40,000 premature deaths each year are associated with it. Worldwide, premature deaths linked to it are millions. The majority of these cases are from low- and medium-income countries.
Due to the health risks and fatality of air pollution, more and more organisations are now finding ways to effectively combat it. The British Lung Foundation operates the Clean Air Parents’ Network that aims to encourage carers and parents to work together to have cleaner air for the children. NGOs in Europe also joined forces with the Clean Air project. The Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), United Nations Environment and World Health Organization (WHO), also teamed up for their BreatheLife campaign, which also aims to combat air pollution.
Aside from joining organisations around your area that promote clean air, there are also other things that you can do to contribute to this cause personally.
Use organic gardening products
Pesticides contain harmful chemicals that contribute to air pollution. There are organic products that do not contain dangerous substances that you can use as a replacement for the more commercialised pesticides. Use natural methods of preventing pests and insects, like the use of garlic and essential oils diluted in water.
Reuse and recycle
It will not only lower the volume of garbage, but it can also contribute to improving air quality. The processes involved in the production and transport of these products may cause air pollution. Avoid single-use plastic or containers and be creative in finding a use for other things instead of throwing them away or buying new ones.
Keep your car properly maintained
A vehicle that is not 100% optimized may use more fuel, which will not only cost you more money, but it will also contribute to lower air quality. Some of the pollutants that a car produces are carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and hydrocarbons. Aside from health concerns, they may also worsen the effect of global warming.
Walk or bike
To avoid gas emissions from the car, bike or walk as much as possible. If you are travelling somewhere near, go for these options. You will also save on fuel, and these are also good forms of exercise.
If walking or biking is not a convenient option because of the distance, do a carpool instead or take public transport. It will lessen the number of vehicles on the road.
Incorporate plants at home and work
Whether indoor or outdoor, plants have a calming and relaxing effect. Plus, they also clean the air, which improves its quality. Aside from the usual plants, active living walls are also an excellent addition to homes and businesses. They are not just aesthetically appealing, but they are useful in cleaning the air.
These are some easy to do things that you can incorporate in your day to day life to do your part in fighting air pollution.