Air Pollution.


Air pollution.

Air pollution is now “the invisible killer”. About 7 million deaths every year across the continents are associated to air pollution. With a total share of 23 per cent of the global deaths linked to environmental factors, WHO estimates that air pollution is responsible for 7 million deaths every year.

Air pollution is caused by harmful particulate Matter (PM) and gases released into the air by human activities. These pollutants cause diseases that lead to a lot of suffering and death. These conditions also impoverish the victims and their families because managing these conditions is very expensive.

Air pollution is caused at both indoor and outdoor activities. Burning of fossil fuels to produce electricity and to power motor vehicles is responsible for most of the air pollution. Both small and large scale industrial activities also cause air pollution by emitting toxic substances into the air.

The burning of charcoal used for cooking in homes also produces black carbon and other gases like carbon monoxide which is extremely dangerous and is a major cause of death in many households.

The main air pollutants include black carbon and greenhouse gases, one of which is carbon dioxide (CO2), a common component of vehicle exhaust emissions. Greenhouse gases cause global warming by trapping heat from the sun in the earth’s atmosphere. CO2 is a good indicator of how much fossil fuel is burned and how many pollutants are emitted as a result.

How to avoid air pollution

#1 Reduce air pollution by automobile.

When you are out for a drive, do not idle your vehicle. Drive less by combining trips, telecommuting, car pooling, car sharing, riding a bicycle, walking, or using public transport. Public transport reduces the rate of emission of toxic gasses by facilitating for mass movement of people with reduced emission over less number of vehicles on the road. Bring your lunch to work so you do not have to drive out during the lunch break. Do not speed up or drive aggressively because that only produces more emissions. And if possible avoid driving out during rush hours to reduce the number of hours you re expose to carbon emissions from motor vehicles.

When you want to replace your car, consider buying the most efficient and least polluting vehicle. In general, newer models are less polluting as they are developed with environmental friendly technology. Be sure to keep your car tuned and regularly replace air filters at recommended intervals. Or buy an electric powered vehicle or a clean energy powered engine.

#2 Use Eco-friendly products in your home

When purchasing household products for your home and your yard, opt for the cleanest and greenest products that don’t contain any harmful polluting chemicals.

A few great tips:
-Opt for no-VOC or low-VOC paints, stains, finishes, paint strippers, and glues. Paint with a brush rather than spray.
-Instead of using chemical-filled air fresheners, use essential oils, herbs and flowers to make your home smell nice. And do not forget to regularly open windows to ventilate your house.
-Use perfumes moderately or not at all. Perfumes consist of a number of synthetic chemicals that when being sprayed in the air break down into harmful compounds.

#3 Do not smoke

Cigarette smoke contains up to 70 carcinogenic substances and toxins that remain in the indoor air for a long time. Exposure to this second hand smoke can cause serious health problems to other family members.
Some of the health deteriorating compounds found in smoke include lead, arsenic, ammonia and carbon monoxide. By smoking in a confined space, the level of these compounds quickly exceed safe limits without any indicators that you are exposed to the dangers associated with inhaling these toxic stuff.

#3 Plant trees

Trees around your house and office neighborhood will help reduce air pollutants. Trees have the unique ability to clean the air of gaseous pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and ozone, as well as particulate matter.
Apart from being natural air filters, trees also improve our mood and cool down the temperature by a few degrees, which makes them a great substitute for energy demanding and polluting air conditioners.

#4 Keep air-cleaning houseplants

Similarly like trees, some plants have the ability to remove pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde from the indoor air. NASA discovered that having houseplants present in a home can actually improve the air quality. They do this by removing common household chemicals from the air. These are most commonly known as the air cleaning plants.

Chemicals can be found in surprising products in the home. Formaldehyde is present in foam insulation, in many consumer paper products such as facial tissues and grocery bags. It is also present in stiffeners, fire retardants and adhesives. TCE can be found in printing inks, varnishes, adhesives and lacquers. While benzene is present in gasoline, inks, oils, paints and plastics. These contribute to air pollution In homes and offices

What measures are you taking to reduce air pollution at home and at your workplace?
This requires collective effort. Step out and do your part for a better planet

Your total wellness is our concern.

With profound regards,
Maina Azimio.
Conference Speaker and Corporate Trainer in Wellness.
Tell: 0704 561 095 or 0722 516 896

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