Air quality significantly affects the lives of people. Living in a pollution-free environment signifies a better quality of life, but do we really know how air pollution affects us and which parts of our bodies are damaged by each kind of polluting particle?
Air pollution causes around seven million deaths a year worldwide. Growth and concentration of the population in cities, as well as the way in which we consume energy in urban areas through transport or heating and air conditioning systems.
We breathe air to live and what we breathe has a direct impact on our health.
1. Breathing polluted air puts you at a higher risk for asthma and other respiratory diseases.
2. When exposed to ground ozone for 6 to 7 hours, scientific evidence show that healthy people’s lung function decreased and they suffered from respiratory inflammation.
3. Air pollutants are mostly carcinogens and living in a polluted area can put people at risk of Cancer.
4. Coughing and wheezing are common symptoms observed on city folks.
5.Damages the immune system, endocrine and reproductive systems.
6. High levels of particle pollution have been associated with higher incidents of heart problems.
7. The burning of fossil fuels and the release of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are causing the Earth to become warmer. Read about the effects of Global Warming here.
8. The toxic chemicals released into the air settle into plants and water sources. Animals eat the contaminated plants and drink the water. The poison then travels up the food chain to us.
How does air pollution affect our health?
Our physical and psychological well-being is affected differently by the kind of air pollution we are exposed to. There are many organs and bodily functions that can be harmed, the consequences including:
Fatigue, headaches and anxiety
Irritation of the eyes, nose and throat
Damage to reproductive organs
Harm to the liver, spleen and blood
Nervous system damage.
We live in an ecosystem where the action of one has the potential to affect the many. This can be a good or a bad thing, depending on what the action is. Our mistakes has polluted the environment that we live in and we are waking up and owning to the fact. We are trying to reverse the damage. The good news is that every positive action counts.
The small effort you make towards a greener environment can start a healing ripple effect. We may still save what is left of our natural resources and make the world a better place to live in for our future generation.