Pollution is the introduction of contaminants into the natural environment that cause adverse change. It has been found to be present widely in the environment.
It’s because people don’t actually think enough about the world they live in.
You know the moment when you throw a piece of paper on the ground and think “What can happen?” Or those people who throw oil into the water? (And then you go fishing there and say you’re eating something healthy, right?)
You think it doesn’t affect YOU, but it does, even if you can’t feel it in the moment.
Pollution affects human health in different ways:
- AIR QUALITY
Adverse air quality can kill humans. Ozone pollution can cause respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, throat inflammation, chest pain, and congestion.
- WATER POLLUTION
Water pollution causes approximately 14,000 deaths per day, mostly due to contamination of drinking water by untreated sewage in developing countries.
Oil spills can cause skin irritations and rashes.
- NOISE POLLUTION
Noise pollution induces hearing loss, high blood pressure, stress, and sleep disturbance.
After all of that, you still think it doesn’t affect you?
Fortunately, there are some ways we can prevent all those disturbing things:
Recycling is a process to convert waste materials into reusable material to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling).
By “recycling materials” we understand:
The composting or other reuse of biodegradable waste—such as food or garden waste—is also considered recycling.
To reuse is to use an item again after it has been used. This includes conventional reuse where the item is used again for the same function, and creative reuse where it is used for a different function.
One example of conventional reuse is the doorstep delivery of milk in refillable bottles; other examples include the retreading of tires and the use of returnable/reusable plastic boxes, shipping containers, instead of single-use corrugated fiberboard boxes.
- WASTE MINIMISATION
Waste minimization is a process of elimination that involves reducing the amount of waste produced in society and helps to eliminate the generation of harmful and persistent wastes, supporting the efforts to promote a more sustainable society.
Waste management focuses on processing waste after it is created, concentrating on re-use, recycling, and waste-to-energy conversion rather than eliminating the creation of waste in the initial phases of production.
Pollution prevention reduces the amount of pollution generated by a process, whether it is consumer. In contrast to most pollution control strategies, which seek to manage a after it is formed and reduce its impact upon the environment the pollution prevention approach seeks to increase the efficiency of a process, thereby reducing the amount of pollution generated at its source. Although there is wide agreement that source reduction is the preferred strategy, some professionals also use the term pollution prevention to include pollution reduction.
Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment. Compost is a key ingredient in organic farming. At the simplest level, the process of composting simply requires making a heap of wetted organic matter known as green waste (leaves, food waste) and waiting for the materials to break down into humus after a period of weeks or months.
Here are some examples we put together after a long discussion with our families about how the people should proceed and how they should not. I asked my mother and father if they care for the environment and their answer was positive but they also told me that the people who lives in the countryside is generally gentle with the nature, they are trying keeping it green because they are aware of all the benefits it provides.
For my aunt and uncle, the people living in town is guilty for the garbage we see in nature because they usually come to spend some free time here but forget to clean after them.
My grand-parents think that we are all guilty because we are always expecting someone to come and do the things instead of us. No one can say he didn’t know because we are living in the era of technology, so we have Internet, television, radio, all kind of means to communicate, to learn about what happens around us.
Finally, our conclusion is that it’s not important whose fault it is but the most important is to do something to make things better. We have really the possibility to defend nature, to take care of it, to keep it green as it used to be so that we improve our own lives.
- WE SHOULD PROCEED LIKE THIS
- All that being said, we all should take care of the world we live in because if we do like so we will be healthier and happier.
Age category: 15-18 years
Name of Author: Muscalu Cătălina, Miron Roberta, Breahnă Iulia
Name ecoteam: GREEN NATURE
Coordinator: teacher Balint Simona
Communications Technical College “Nicolae Vasilescu-Karpen” High School
Romania, county Bacau, locality Bacau