05 June 2019
Help us #BeatAirPollution
By Elta Fans Asia
05 June 2019
The 2019 World Environment Day on June 5th is an annual call to arms by the United Nations and a day of action around the world. This year’s theme of ‘Air Pollution’ draws attention to the devastating effects of air pollution has on the earth and its inhabitants.
What can we do to beat air pollution?
There are plenty of things we can do to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases in our environment. On World Environment Day, there are many ways you can join in the mission to reduce air pollution to create both a liveable planet and a healthier environment.
Renewable Energy Reduces Costs and Emissions
Investing in renewable energy is an important first step toward improved air quality. Globally, electricity generation is an enormous contributor to CO2 emissions. Solar and wind generators emit little to no global warming emissions and, with the introduction of battery storage, are reliable energy producers. Installing solar panels at your home contributes not only to saving the planet but also saving plenty on your electricity bills.
Closing the Door on Pollutants
Reducing pollutants inside your home will have a positive knock-on effect for the environment. Aerosols, while no longer containing the ozone depleting CFCs, still release multiple toxins as do many other household products such as fingernail polish, hair sprays and cleaning solutions. Using baking soda and vinegar around the home is one way to avoid releasing dangerous chemicals into the air you breathe.
Choking on Smoke
Your romantic wood fire is another source of air pollution, discharging small particles and droplets into the air that trigger asthma attacks, allergic responses, heart attacks and stroke, particularly in children and the elderly.
Start the Drive Towards Clean Air
Transport is a significant area to consider in the fight against air pollution. Unless you are driving an electric car, recharged by your solar powered electricity at home, your vehicle will be contributing hefty amounts of dangerous emissions to the environment. Cycling, walking or using public transport can all reduce your carbon footprint.
Let Your Government Know
Individual steps are important but large scale government policies toward reducing emissions are essential. Send a message to your politicians to keep coal in the ground, reduce reliance on natural gas and promote the use of emission free energy. Remember to make your vote count at election time, by choosing a representative who has the planet’s health and your future in mind.
Take the World in Your Hands
Join us in spreading the word on social media with #BeatAirPollution and let us know what your plans are for World Environment Day and how you can help the Earth stay in shape for generations to come.