The present era is complex. On the bandwagon of environmental pollutants are hazardous chemicals and e-waste that are gradually reducing the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink. But this article isn’t about water quality. Rather, the focus is the exponential increase of air pollutants that have endangered the planet’s health. If you don’t make a difference in your environment, humans will eventually become endangered species via global warming. So, take a breath of fresh air and follow these methods of reducing air pollution.
1. Understand the source of pollution
There are many forms of air pollution – oxides, ozone, lead, even matter. Despite the many criticisms carbon monoxide gets from the media, you must know that ground-level ozone is the primary cause of pollution. Ground-level ozone is a combination of nitrogen oxides and other organic compounds that lead to health concerns. Respiratory issues such as bronchitis and asthma are regular indicators. The chemical reaction that leads to ground-level ozone can be simple plant emissions, gasoline vapors, chemical agents, and exhaust fumes. What you need to do is reduce the likelihood of occurrence by evacuating the causes.
2. Reduce the use of automobiles
Automobiles are contributors to ground-level ozone. Even though it seems foolhardy to eliminate automobiles, you can reduce the trips you make by combining errands. You can make use of trains and bicycles every week too. Hybrid vehicles also reduce your carbon footprint by using electric and fuel energy on trips. More so, they produce zero emissions.
3. Plant trees
As trees eliminate carbon dioxide from the environment, planting more trees is significant in reducing air pollution. Also, you may try natural air filters to block out a good amount of air pollutants that can clog the respiratory system. Peace Lily and Chinese evergreen tree variants are helpful in promoting clean air.
4. Use solar panels
Electricity is never a ‘greenway’ to produce power except its source is renewable. Volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides are given off every time you heat your home. And of course, they promote the buildup of ground-level ozone. With the new solar designs, you can generate heat without harming the environment. More importantly, you reap more savings on energy.
5. Evacuate lead sources
Lead paints and fuels are not fit for environmental serenity. Always inspect home appliances to ensure you have no leaks in the wiring system. And you should never incinerate your garbage. As for old batteries, check with the municipality to determine proper disposal sites. Before purchasing paints for children’s furniture and toys, check out the labels to be sure they are devoid of lead.
6. Do not dust
The more appropriate way to put it is ‘make sure you are wary of the dust in the home. Much of the thick dust in the home is from smoke factories and construction sites. Since you may be unable to control the movement of vehicles, you can eliminate the patches of dust as carefully as you can. Always ensure non-landscaped areas in your home are never dry to prevent the accumulation of dust in your home. A wiser choice is to plant on the land. If you aren’t ready for planting, make good use of plastic sheeting to keep the ground moist.
7. Get cozy
Electrical plants are good sources of oxide. Meanwhile, gas-heating infrastructure increases the levels of carbon monoxide in numerous ways. Why not get a sweater instead of turning on the heater? During winter, you can use blankets to keep warm. When you’re watching television, you can snuggle under chenille throws and cozy wears. Alternatively, you can snuggle next to your partner.
The smallest changes in your routines bring about a huge difference in preserving the quality of air. If you start early, you will breathe a sigh of relief sooner.
Other quick methods in the home and office are:
• Sustainable shopping by considering the lifecycle of products – from its method of product to its use and disposal technique
• Use fireplaces for special occasions only. Wood stoves are also a good option. If you have enough money, you can install a gas log instead
• Reduce, reuse, and recycle
• A leaf blower is a better alternative to brooms. And for landscaping, adopt green practices
• Shop local from time to time to cut down on air pollution
Are You ‘Green’?
In as much as it isn’t easy to go green, you can make room for small adjustments in your ways of life. Conservation of life begins with the tiny drops of water you save, the trees you plant, and the way you trash your garbage. As the ozone layers peel away, the environment bleeds and water bodies evaporate. You have many reasons to go ‘green’. Join the legion of environmentalists today.
May 21, 2019 8:40 am