Are you aware that air pollution kills an estimated 7 million people annually? Or, that over 40% of Americans are currently at risk of disease and premature death due to air pollution? Air pollution is not only detrimental to human health, but it is also detrimental to all life on our planet. Moreover, the notion that you will only ever be exposed to the dangers of air pollution when you step out of your home must also be redefined. Unfortunately, the reality is that poor air quality and other toxins in your home can be much worse than the pollution and smoke in the air outside your home. Accordingly, you can learn more about the steps that you can take to determine if your domestic or commercial space is clear of mold, VOCs or any other airborne irritants by reaching out to an Environmental Testing Company in California or a team of environmental testing professionals in your area. Where you health is concerned, you can never be too safe. That is not all though. You can also help to improve the quality of the air you breathe at home by finding someone to regularly clean and service your air duct for example.
Our Air is Toxic:
Air pollution is the introduction of chemicals, particulates, or biological materials into our atmosphere which causes discomfort, disease, or death to humans, damages other vital living organisms- such as food crops – and destroys our natural environment. Air pollution has been a growing concern over the last decade and it is closely linked to climate change through fossil fuel combustion. As our planet continues to increase in temperature, and our population grows rapidly, the air we breathe will become increasingly more polluted if we do not take the necessary steps in curving our pollution rates.
Air Pollution Facts:
- 92% of the world’s population lives in communities with polluted air.
- Over 80% of urban residents are exposed to air pollution that exceeds the World Health Organization’s healthy limits.
- 1 in 9 deaths worldwide is attributed to air pollution.
- Household air pollution kills 4 million people a year.
- Worldwide, up to 14% of children aged from 5-18 years have asthma that is at least partially caused by air pollution.
- Air pollution is the number one cause of acid rain.
- Studies show that pollution in the air is contributing to birth defects, reproductive failure and disease in animals.
- 111 million people in the US live in counties that do not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
- According to the EPA, levels of indoor air pollution are typically far worse than outdoor air pollution levels.
How can I make an impact:
Action 1: Global Goodness
- Reduce your drive time. The reduction in transportation emissions can help reduce the amount of GHG emissions you are releasing. Catch up with family, friend, or coworker while carpooling, or opt for public transportation.
- Conserve energy. Whether it is at home, work or school, use mindfulness in your energy consumption.
Action 2: Planet Protector
- All of Action 1
- Inform others by sharing with them the realities of air pollution. The more we know as a collective the bigger impact we can make.
- Avoid burning foliage, grass, leaves and other materials that are harmful to the air.
- Get energy-efficient appliances. A good tip: always look for the Energy Star label.
Action 3: Earth Angel
- All of Action 1 & 2
- Lobby Congress to increased regulations on air quality in the public and corporate sectors.
- Read about the Paris Agreement so you can be better informed of the current regulations.
- Choose to be an Ambassador for Change, and always Spread Love and Spread Light.