20 Jun The effects of air pollution – what can we do?
Air pollution is a global health and environmental hazard. It is a mix of harmful gases within the atmosphere and with the population constantly growing, it is adding more strain to our planet.
Now, many of the UK’s cities exceed the safe and legal limits for air pollution. It is believed that nine out of ten people now breathe polluted air, and with these particles reaching lethal concentrations, the air we breathe is killing 7 million people every year.
This is evidently, not a sustainable way of life, so if you need help or advice on how you can contribute positively towards the environment, ESS are just a call away.
The problems of pollution
Poor air quality is a serious concern within the modern world and pollution levels have increased massively over the years. These molecules can also cause harm to living organisms and food crops, so it is important to try and take extra steps to reduce pollution.
Transport, car fumes and business factories are just a few contributors, proving that the exposure may not always be visible, but it is more than likely always there. As a result, the fums are hard to escape, and it is found both indoors and outside. However, making sure that your building is well-ventilated and getting rid of pollutants, such as tobacco smoke, asbestos and carbon monoxide can improve the quality of your indoor air.
Did you know: reports have shown that nearly half of UK homes have high indoor air pollution?
The two main problems regarding the exposure of polluted air is:
- It can cause both short- and long-term health issues, such as lung problems and asthma, particularly affecting the most vulnerable in society: children and elderly people. Primary school children are exposed to 30% more toxic pollution than adults while walking to school.
- It can have a negative impact on the environment, since air pollution is linked to climate change. Human inflicted activities, such as domestic combustion release greenhouse gases in to the atmosphere which warm the planet.
Clean Air Day 2019
As a result, we need to think of new initiatives whereby the amount of harmful gasses can be reduced. This is where the coordinators of the Global Action Plan come in. They have created the campaign, Clean Air Day which this year, will be held on Thursday 20 June.
The campaign is to improve people’s understanding of air pollution, how it affects our health and what we can do to tackle it. For this reason, individuals are urged to leave their car at home and use a sustainable method of travel into school, work or town.
The main reason for this is because it is a very simple, yet effective way which individuals can help to improve air quality. Those who live near their place of work, school, or leisure centre should consider catching public transport in order to cut fumes, especially during peak times.
Better yet, walking or cycling can improve the individual’s health, along with reducing the carbon footprint. So, why not encourage your staff, pupils, and friends to be eco-friendly, ditch the habits and consider a car share? Often, offering initiatives to those who pledge to change their transport habits improve well-being.
Luckily, everybody can have a positive impact on air quality. We all need to do our bit to reduce air pollution and Clean Air Day is an opportunity to think about the way we travel and make a change to lessen our impact on air quality.
Visit CleanAirDay.com for more information regarding how your school, business, leisure centre or care-home can plan ahead for sustainable actions.
What actions will you take to help reduce air pollution?