Air pollution is damaging not only to human health, but to other species and ecosystems as well.
Our atmosphere is a protective layer of gases surrounding Earth. Air pollution is caused by natural sources, like when a volcano erupts, but human activity also pollutes the atmosphere when pollutants are released as byproducts of our daily activities, like using motor vehicles and producing energy in power plants.
Here are some types of air pollution caused by human activity.
Chemicals: This includes sulfur dioxide gas released from coal and oil refineries. Some of these chemicals take part in reactions in the atmosphere, and can result in acid rain.
Greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide: These gases are found naturally in our atmosphere. But human activity is also releasing them in large quantities. This contributes to global climate change.
Urban smog: These harmful gases and tiny particles can irritate our eyes, nose, and throat in the short-term. In the long-term, they can worsen heart and lung problems.
Here are a few ways that we can protect ourselves and other species from the harmful effects of air pollution.
Use our vehicles less.
We can take public transportation, ride a bike, or walk whenever possible. This will reduce the amount of pollutants emitted into the air.
Use cleaner fuels and more fuel-efficient products.
Encourage your parents and other grown-ups to use cleaner fuels in their car. A good choice is E10, a blend of clean-burning ethanol and gasoline. Or, they can switch to a more fuel-efficient car that gets better gas mileage. On a smaller scale, they can replace gas-powered lawn mowers with alternatives such as electric or manual mowers.
Factories can use control devices.
For example, factories can use "scrubbers" on smoke stacks to trap particles and protect against acid rain.These control devices remove pollution at its source.
AVAAZ:org :- Something magical is happening... All across the world we’re coming together to hit the streets on November 29th — hours before the most important climate summit this decade!
This is going to be mega! Last year almost 700,000 people took to their streets and created the largest mobilisation on climate change in history. This year we are going even bigger!
If hundreds of thousands of us join events in cities and towns everywhere, we’ll show our leaders meeting in Paris that our movement cannot be ignored and we will accept nothing less than an ambitious climate deal, with a global commitment to 100% clean energy!
Click the links to join in and find an event near you:
Avaaz Global Climate March AVAAZ Global Climate March on 29th November 2015
NY City Climate Change March Taking a call for climate change to the streets (NYTimes)
The Guardian's People's Climate March People's Climate March: the revolution starts here (article on The Guardian by Avaaz founder Ricken Patel)
10 Simple Ways you can do To Save The Air you breathe in:-
These are tips/ways that will make everyone aware how easy it is to breathe clean air. The simple choices we make in life will one day, reduce all the greenhouse gas emissions and truly make a different for planet Earth. Here are 10 ways to save the air: