Air is life! That is the motto of our web page.
We want to raise awareness that Air is the most important thing in our life. Breathing polluted air is bad for us and reduce our life expectation. It makes us sick and reduce the Quality of life we expect. The costs to deal with the negative effects polluted air has on us costs our government Billions year by year and even meanwhile there are measurements in place to deal with air pollution the World Health Organization expects that we wont see a lot of improvement in the air quality in the coming years. The best what we can expect is that till 2060 we have the air pollution so far under control that the dead polls are not any more rising.
Now, for sure there is something what we can do! Each and every one of us!
Sure there is no patent solution what will solve the problem over night, but we all can help that our future planet will be still worth to live in. Just:
- Stop living in denial pretending that all is OK!
- Stop believing it is not you who has to act but that your government will solve the problem!
- Understand the problem and act accordingly!
- Most important help others to understand, teach your kids and make them aware that their future is in peril!
Simple things what can make a difference:
- USE ENERGY EFFICIENT DEVICES AND SAVE IT
The production of electricity is one of the major factors contributing to air pollution. Use energy labeled appliances and light bulbs, switch off devices like TV and Audio instead of letting them run in standby mode and switch of the light when you leave the room. These are simple things to do, but if billions of us do it, it would have a considerable impact on spent energy and with that on the environment.
- REDUCE THE USE OF AIR-CONDITIONING
Air-conditioning is everywhere now – in our homes, offices and cars. Sure, there is a need to use climate control on extremely hot days or to protect us from freezing temperatures, but is it really needed to have exactly 23°C everywhere we go?
- REDUCE THE USE OF CLOTHES DRYERS
If you reduce the use of clothes dryer, you will not only save on your electricity bill but also your clothes will last much longer and they will look better. Are you aware that a tumble dryers use quite a bit of energy? The energy use of a dryer varies between 1800 and 5000 Watts/hour what results on average household costs of 230 USD/year. The best way to reduce energy use when drying clothes or towels is to hang dry them, this will avoid the clothes dryer all together. If you have a backyard or a balcony setup some hang lines and hang your clothes to dry, you will save energy and money. Sure during winter it may not be possible to hang dry clothes, in that case using a dryer might be required.
- USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN
Passenger vehicles are also a major pollution contributor if not the biggest. If you have public transportation available, use it (even it may take a few minutes longer) and encourage others to do the same. If there is no chance to use public transportation, consider if car-pooling is an option. Every day you don’t need to start your car helps the environment. Encourage your child’s school to reduce school bus emissions and to keep exhaust levels down, schools should not allow school buses to idle outside of their buildings.
- USE YOUR FEET
Approximately 50% of all journeys under 2 km are made by car. If these motorized trips were replaced by walking the environmental benefits would be significant. Cycling is also a great alternative to motorized transport on short journeys. Plus the health benefits of walking and cycling outweigh the negative effects on health even in cities with high level of air pollution.
- USE CLEAN ENERGY RESOURCES
Clean energy technologies are widely available today and some governments are ready to provide grants if you use them.
The use of solar, wind or geothermal energy are clean technologies and do not pollute our environment. If you cannot install such technologies at your home, try at least to purchase electricity from companies using clean energy technologies.
- THINK TWICE ABOUT WHAT YOU EAT
Eating meat contributes to water shortage, air pollution and climate change. Animal agriculture is responsible for about 14-18% of current human greenhouse emissions, and that is more than the combined exhaust from all kind of transport. If refusing to eat meat at all seems too challenging, you can give up meat for just one day a week. It will still help to save the planet.
- REDUCE AND REUSE BEFORE YOU RECYCLE
Recycling is good! Definitely better than dumping or incinerating but recycling should be the last part of the life span of a product. Think on the 3R’s and their order. Reduce, reuse and recycle. We need to reduce the amount we consume and try to extend the life of a product before it has to be recycled.
BE CRITICAL WHEN IT COMES TO ELECTIONS
Even every single one of us can make a difference, don’t forget how important is our environment when the election day is here. Don’t fall for lies and false promises, don’t fall for politicians who want to convince you that there is no man-made climate change. Just look around and you will know better and you will not fall for lies motivated by pure greed. Don’t vote for people who sell you, your health and the future of your children out!
Unfortunately, we are living in a world which is polluted. We just talked before what we can do to fight pollution and yes that is important, but it will take time and in the meantime we have to live on the polluted planet we created.
How we can cope with outdoor pollution:
- Most importantly is to be aware of the current air pollution situation. Most governments have monitoring stations installed and publish the current Air Quality Index (AQI).
- Have in mind the AQI published might not be accurate at the place you currently are. Weather and especially wind or a simple traffic congestion in your area could cause a complete different pollution situation as the one you see published.
- If the pollution is high avoid staying outside. Don’t exercise outside and limit the amount of time your child spends playing outside.
- If the pollution is high keep the windows closed. Limit the time of airing and if you can use forced airing with HEPA filters (HEPA stands for High-efficiency particulate arrestance) in place.
- Avoid any activities near high-traffic areas. Even if the AQI forecasts are green the vehicles on a busy road can create high local pollution levels.
- Consider wearing a breathing mask to protect your lungs and the lungs of your kids from particulate matter. In Asia breathing mask are nothing unusual – people wearing masks while walking on the street belongs to the typical picture of an Asian city. In the Western world still more the exception but the question is why? The western world is as polluted as Asia and many US and European cities belongs to the dirtiest places in the world, but it seems Westerners are better in denial than the Asians. Don’t be one of them – protect your lungs.
- If the UVI factor is high restrict your outdoor activities and the time your kids spent outside and use the adequate sun cream or blocker. Have in mind that clothing is our first line of defense against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Protect especially your face and eyes wearing a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Sun protection is essential to skin cancer prevention – about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and about 86 percent of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun. If you live in a country where high UVI values are the norm, learn about the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPV). It indicates what fraction of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can penetrate the fabric. A shirt with a UPF of 50, for example, allows just 1/50th of the sun’s UV radiation to reach the skin. The higher the UPF (ultraviolet protection factor), the greater the protection.
How we can cope with indoor pollution:
- Smoking is bad in any way for your health and you should stop, but if you can’t for whatever reason, you definitely should avoid is smoking inside your home and don’t allow anybody else to smoke indoors. Smoking indoors does not only increase the risk of cancer for you, but it make others in your home to passive smoker and you risk their health.
- Have in mind your vacuum cleaner does not just clean but it does also blow fine particulates in the air. Make sure your vacuum cleaner is equipped with a HEPA filter (even that does not protect you from PM2.5) or what is the better solution use a central vacuum cleaner.
- If you use air condition units make sure that the devices are maintains regularly and that the filters are cleaned.
- If you use fans makes sure that the blades are cleaned at least on a weekly basis