10. Pollution is one of the biggest global killers
Air pollution is affecting over 100 million people, that’s comparable to global diseases like malaria and HIV. It has overtaken poor diet, high blood pressure and tobacco smoke as the leading cause of preventable death worldwide.
The dangers from air pollution are now much greater than we previously thought, especially for heart disease and strokes.
Poor and middle-income countries in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific region had the largest number of air pollution-related deaths in 2012, with 3.3 million deaths linked to indoor air pollution and 2.6 million deaths to outdoor air pollution.
Indoor pollution is mostly caused by cooking over coal, wood and biomass stoves.
9. Toxic pollution is one of the most underreported global problems
Toxic pollution affects over 200 million people worldwide, with tens of thousands poisoned each year. Even then, this problem is heavily being overlooked by many of us. This is partly due to a lack of data and lack of exposure in our everyday media.
However, recent research reports has offered a more clear understanding of the true toll of pollution and added to the growing information about the problem.
People are often aware of the problem but the real dangers and consequences are often disregarded by many due to lack of effort by the government and initiatives. People need to be educated properly on how to prevent pollution and limiting their ecological footprint in order to have a future for the next generation.
8. Solving pollution problems usually promotes economic growth.
By cleaning and clearing up pollution can actually increase economic growth. It’s gives access to valuable resources, such as more efficient recovery of lead from battery recycling, or reclamation of land in other urban areas.
It’s a highly profitable industry by recycling used goods and waste and re-selling these back to the factories in order to make more ecologically efficient goods. We’ll be creating more jobs and by recycling we can give old goods a second chance without simply throwing it away.
7. Pollution does not stop even when the source of the pollution is removed
When polluting factories are closed, the previous spilled pollution remains. If it is not removed, legacy pollution continues to affect and even kill the people. The Cold War, for example, has left a lot of toxic in the form of derelict and abandoned old weapons and chemical factories. The affected population will continue to suffer unless thorough cleanup is conducted.
We have to remove the source of pollution AND the pollution it has already caused in order to give the local people a chance for a better living and allow our ecosystem to stabilized and return back to how it was before.
6. Death is not the only end result
Pollution causes chronic illness, neurological damage and a range of diseases that might not kill but could have lasting and irreversible long term damages for people.
For example, the presence of lead in children lowers I.Q. by an estimated 4-7 points for each increase of 10 g/dL. In some of the world’s worst polluted cities, babies are born with birth defects due to contaminated and polluted water, children have lost 30 to 40 IQ points.
5 Pollution affects everyone
While local pollution affects the immediate population the most, its effects are felt far and wide because of the globalized economy. For example, some pollutants like mercury travels and drops into rivers and seas worldwide, poisoning the seafood supply.
This seafood will not only be eaten by the local population but will often be exported to other countries and their inhabitants causing a worldwide issue. So eventhough the pollution is concentrated in 1 area, the consequences will be felt by the whole world.
4. Children are most vulnerable.
While children under six make up only 20% of the world’s population, over 40% of the global burden of disease falls on them. More than three million children under age five die annually due to environmental causes.
Especially toxic pollution has a bigger impact on their bodies compared to adults, interfering with their development, inflicting damage that can last a lifetime. Their young bodies are often still growing, developing and absorbing all the nutrients around them in order to make them grow. Due to their polluted environment, kids often wont experience problems till they get older.
3. Pollution is one global problem that CAN BE SOLVED in our lifetime.
Life-threatening pollution has already been eliminated in much of the first world countries through several international initiatives like the Superfund in the U.S. and similar efforts in other countries.
The technology and know-how to clean up pollution already exists. All that is needed is resources and commitment and willingness of the people to execute. We all know there is a problem, but no one is willing to put in the effort and the money to solve these problems. This is disheartening, especially with the solution right in front of us.
2. Not only humans, but also fauna and flora is affected
Cleanups can save animals’ lives and discourage people from littering and polluting in the future. 14 billion pounds of garbage are dumped into the ocean every year. Most of it is plastic.
Reports say that over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year. Approximately 40% of the lakes in America are too polluted for fishing, aquatic life, or swimming.
1. Everyone can help
Even if you’re the only one in your building or household to recycle, you’re already giving our planet a huge help. Help spread the word and message out there and convince others to do the same. You might think it won’t affect you personally but think of the future. Think of the others you could be affecting.
This is a global problem, not just local. You can help by starting local, but you will see the changes on a global level and we all are responsible for our actions.