Clean air and clean water are vital environmental elements that contribute to the overall health of our nation. We must continue to preserve and protect these resources for future generations.
When it comes to the air around us, we don’t typically think twice about what we’re breathing. And yet, as industries boom, agriculture needs grow, so does traffic and energy generation all contributing to pollution in the air. Society needs to be much more conscious of exactly what we take in.
Consumer whims also contribute to the creation of pollution. Take, for example, a simple manufactured water bottle, a luxury certainly not a necessity. The factory that this bottle is manufactured in releases carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxide, just in the creation of the bottle. Filling, packaging and transporting that same bottle releases additional pollutants into the air. And finally, it ends up in a marketplace, sitting on shelf in a store which is using electricity. Every step of the way harmful contaminants are being released into the air.
So what does this mean for us? When large amounts of pollutants are released into the air our health declines. Poor air quality means an increased risk of early death, heart attacks, strokes, etc. and poses a great danger for those who have pre-existing asthma, cardiovascular disease, and/or diabetes. But the problems with air pollution do not simply stop with our health. Our environment is also suffering by means of acid rain, eutrophication (run-off of nutrients, causing massive cycles of death in lakes), smog, ozone depletion, and global warming (caused by greenhouse gases such as methane and CO2).
Air pollution is not the only kind of pollution we should be concerned about. Water pollution is just as important. 70 percent of the Earth is covered by water, and yet only 1 percent of that water can be used for drinking. This percentage is rapidly shrinking as our clean water becomes polluted. The overuse of water by big industry and factory farms diminish this resource at alarming rates. Not to mention, the dumping of radioactive waste into oceans, underground storage leaks, oil pollution, littering, and storm water runoff from landfills polluting the same water that we rely on to be recycled for our use.
Despite the few efforts made by only just a few, to remove all of these toxic obstacles from our environment tainted water and polluted air will continue to find a way into our systems.
It seems we have two big problems on our hands. We must develop strategies to decrease the potential for air and water pollution. Without the two, society would not be able to thrive much less survive.
We at BioHitech America believe in the importance of reducing toxic emissions in both the air that we breathe and the water that we drink in order to improve the quality of our lives.