Planet Earth is a really unique place. It’s the only place we know of that can presently sustain human life in our solar system, in our galaxy, in our little corner of the universe. Knowing this, you would think that we would be pretty motivated to preserve the planet in a status that can continue to support human life for generations to come. Oddly enough, human beings have been moving further and further away from a sustainable future for the last 150 years or so, all in the name of “progress.”
Luckily, all of that industrial progress has helped us to develop alternative methods of producing and consuming energy so that we can have less of a detrimental impact on the world around us, including our air. Implementing greener practices will help to cut down on the pollution in the air and in some cases, even reverse it.
Reducing air pollution can be achieved in three simple steps. First, reduce consumption of the products that contribute to air pollution. For instance, driving less frequently and using energy from alternative sources, such as solar, wind, thermal, hydro and natural gas, are steps in the right direction. Some may argue that they don’t have a choice when it comes to driving or using green energy. Seek out public transportation where available or create your own by organizing a carpool. If you live in a deregulated energy market, you can choose your energy supplier based on rates and green energy offerings as comparison websites, like shopnaturalgasratesnewyork.com.
Next, reuse products as much as you can. Not only do landfills take up a lot of precious space, they also create a major hazard for the ozone and our air quality. As waste breaks down, it releases all kinds of nasty gases, like methane, and has the potential to leak toxic byproducts into the soil and contaminate ground water. Before you toss it, try to think of a way to reuse it. Glass and plastics take and especially long time to break down, so reuse these as much as possible before throwing them out.
Finally, recycle what you can to keep it out of the landfill. Recycling not only saves space, it helps lower the energy required to create new products using recycled materials instead of raw materials.