Our health is dependant on clean water and air. The food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe need to be clean and healthy. Water and air pollution impede our health by contributing to unhealthy and even dirty essentials of life. Polluted air creates health problems, like asthma and lung cancer, that reduce the quality of life, and raises everyone’s cost of living because of increased health care costs. Water and air pollution are prevalent around the world, impacting everyone and everything on the face of the earth.
Water and air pollution have a big impact upon the whole world. Unfortunately, most people don’t take it seriously enough. If everyone in the world would do their part in decreasing water and air pollution, we’d make real progress in improving the environment. Knowledge and action are important steps in decreasing water and air pollution. First, walk your talk, and then help others learn about pollution so they can help improve the environment by decreasing water and air pollution.
Knowledge is valuable, and becomes an important tool, when change is needed, like in the ways people do things at home and at work. Water and air pollution are caused by many of the things each of us do everyday. Air pollution is caused by driving vehicles, chemicals released into the environment, using gasoline powered lawn tools, dumping sewage directly into water or on the land, burning trash, and improper disposal of chemicals. Learning more about the sources of water and air pollution will help people see where they need to make changes to make the world healthier for themselves and for future generations.
Learning more about the effects of water and air pollution on human health is also important, because it can become an impetus for change. The most common illnesses that can be attributed to water and air pollution include cancer, allergies, asthma, autoimmune diseases, hepatitis and typhus, and other assorted illnesses and symptoms. Why would you not want to make changes to your way of living if you could help decrease your likelihood for getting any of the diseases and illnesses above?
Governments are taking steps to regulate and monitor water and air pollution, but more needs to be done. We need to make lasting and significant changes in the levels of water and air pollution to ensure healthier future generations. Stricter fines need to be placed on major polluters, which are usually industries and manufacturers, to decrease the amount of pollution released into the air and water. Changes need to be made by the average person as well, including supporting cleaner industry through the purchase choices we make (organic cotton fabrics and non-petroleum-based items being two examples), using cleaner fuel sources in our cars, and decreasing the use of harmful chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and cleaning products). Change, as hard as it is, must be done if we are going to decrease the earth’s water and air pollution.
Water and air pollution are big problem around the world. It used to be that it was just a problem in big cities and industrialized nations, but it has moved to more rural settings and undeveloped countries too. We must change our everyday activities and choices to help make the world healthier and safer today and for future generations. If we don’t make changes now, when will we? After it’s too late and the earth can’t clean itself through its natural means? We don’t want that! We must make changes now, today, so that we have a better tomorrow.