World Environment Day 2019 #BeatAirPollution

World Environment Day 2019 #BeatAirPollution

6:31 AM, 5th June 2019
World Environment Day 2019 theme air pollution

BENGALURU, INDIA: World Environment Day, widely celebrated in over 100 countries, is the United Nations day for encouraging international awareness and action to protect the environment.

The theme for 2019 #BeatAirPollution is a call for governments, industries, communities and individuals to take action to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve the air quality.

The topic invites people to consider how they can change their everyday lives to reduce the amount of air pollution and prevent its contribution to global warming and its effects on health.

Every year World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebration takes place, this year it is in China.

Causes of Air Pollution

Fossil Fuels: The industrial sector is one major source of air pollution. Burning of fossil fuels such as coal and petroleum, releases major pollutants like sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The level of suspended particulate matter around industrial areas is way above the industrial safety limits.

Vehicle Emissions: As our dependence on cars, trucks, shipping freighters and aeroplanes increases so do the levels of carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides released into the atmosphere. 13 percent of global CO2 emissions, a major factor in global warming, come from transport.

Agriculture: We may not always immediately think of agricultural activities being connected to air pollution but methane and ammonia are both by-products of farming and are highly hazardous to our environment. This is compounded by the use of pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers, a heady cocktail of chemicals, some parts of which make it into the air.

Manufacturing: Heavy industry leads to the release of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and other chemicals, all of which can lead to a decline in air quality. Oil refineries also release hydrocarbons which pollute the atmosphere.

Deforestation: Deforestation is caused by clearing land for agriculture, manufacturing and ever-growing urban areas. This lowers air quality, as there are few trees to absorb carbon dioxide.

Mining: The result of mining on the health of workers and nearby residents has been clearly demonstrated over the years and in developing countries the quest to extract as many tons of natural resources as possible is having a devastating impact on the health of those working in the mines.

Indoor Pollution: What we use in our own homes is also leading to air pollution. Household cleaning products, paints and varnishes release chemicals into the air which contribute to poor air quality and many of us add to this chemical mix by smoking.

The issue of air pollution concerns every nation on the planet. As a result, many steps have been taken to seek permanent solutions to the problem. Better technology is being developed for the disposal of waste and recycling as much polluted water in the industries as possible.

Organic methods are being used to clean the water and soil, such as using microbes that naturally use heavy metals and waste as feed. Policies are being pushed into place to prevent further misuse of land. However, industrial pollution is still rampant and will take many years to be brought under control.

Here are few ways to reduce air pollution

  • Conserve energy - at home, at work, everywhere
  • Use public transportation, bicycle, carpool or walk whenever possible
  • Use low-VOC or water-based paints & cleaning products
  • Reduce, Recycle & Reuse paper, plastic, metals and organic materials
  • Minimize waste & adopt organic waste management technologies
  • GO green by limiting the use of paper as it may save some trees
  • Do not burn anything in the open
  • Make use of solar energy
  • Quit smoking., Etc.

Addressing all these issues isn’t going to be easy. Various steps have been initiated by the Indian government to address the issues related to air pollution such as Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, National Clean Air Program, Bharat Stage VI (or BS-VI) emission norm, etc.

Even so, we all can put collective efforts to ensure that the goals are met on time. After all, together we can save the world and reduce air pollution, which is destroying our health.

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