Ecological Collapse: Causes and Solutions

  Pollution is a chemical substance that is harmful and poisonous. This affects not only to the environment but us as well. Pollution doesn’t make itself, it is made from factories, trash and human heat(walking and/or talking). The major forms of pollution are air pollution, light pollution, water pollution, plastic pollution, thermal pollution and noise pollution. This is the major cause of global warming, and was also the cause of 9 million deaths in 2015.

Pollution has been on earth since prehistoric times, when man first discovered fire. According to the page History “the industrial revolution of the mid-19th century introduced new sources of water and air pollution. By the middle of the 20th century, the effects of these changes were beginning to be felt in countries around the world”. In other words the Industrial Revolution had a major impact to the Environment in a bad way, and was affecting the air. It is important to know the damage that has been done throughout the years, for us to be conscious of what were the causing factories.

The air pollution is known all over the world but a lot of people don’t really believe it’s harmful to our health. This is also the reason why we can’t enjoy stargazing at night. Air pollution is mostly the smoke that is created from factories, and also the smoke from cars it can irritate the eyes, nose and throat. This can also cause problems with breathing and could also have an effect in the heart if pollution is bad.According to Kim Knowlton an effect of pollution “in the U.S. thanks to the Clean Air Act, climate change will make it harder in the future to meet pollution standards which are designed to protect health” Essentially, arguing that air is what keeps us healthy. Air pollutants have also been found to be harmful to a pregnant women, Columbia center for children’s environmental health states “That pregnancy may predispose children to problem regulating their thoughts, emotion and behaviors later on”. In other words, air pollution not only affects us but also affects the not born the way it affects them is through the umbilical cord which is were they breath through and contains blood vessels.

For people that enjoy stargazing it is easy to notice how pollution is affecting the air because the night sky isn’t clear. As a result we can’t enjoy the view but see the moon and that is only if we are lucky enough to see it. According to physics “The core problem here, by a very wide margin, is light pollution if you live in a large city. This is the one factor, above everything else, that affects your ability to see the stars”. The light that exist in the city is brighter than the sky at night the sky isn’t dark enough for stars to shine.

We all know the immediate impact that pollution has had since Industrial Revolution to the present, but have we ever had the thought of what will happen in the future? According to Future Effects of Pollution “Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, contribute to climate change, which causes sea level to rise, drought, stronger storms, hotter temperatures, and decreased snowpack”. This states that due to pollution the climate changes and it is not stable or at least not how it’s supposed to be during the the 4 different seasons. Due to this the atmosphere is contaminated with smoke which is a way to keep oxygen on earth helping us be alive. Another point that Future Effects of Pollution stated was “human health will be affected on all fronts”. This meaning that pollutants would cause sickness to become a constant and affect human lives. This also means that there won’t be a future if there are people that don’t act like humans beings but instead that act like the worst trash living on planet earth.

According to the Department of Environmental Services a great way to help the environment is to “Keep your automobile well tuned and maintained. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on routine maintenance, such as changing the oil and filters, and checking tire pressure and wheel alignment”. This is a way for those who have cars keep the environment clean from air pollution and also a way to keep their cars nice and with good service. Green Clean Guide states to “Adopt the 3Rs of solid waste management: reduce, reuse and recycle”. Using the 3 R’s is a good option because this ways we are helping have a clean air and we wouldn’t have to worry about having an ocean full of pollutants and our water would be clean to drink from it without getting sick. We would have cleaner Earth and we would even have our lungs not so impure.

Air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, etc could be minimized if us as humans have consideration towards the environment. We could stop cutting down trees for the oxygen to be clean, turn of the lights that are not needed at home for less air pollution. If we want to have cleaner oceans put the garbage where it’s supposed to go and not in water or the land you stand in. Future impacts of pollution would be a thing that we cause on ourselves it is not something that could be stopped immediately but we could start little by little. When adults say that the younger generation are the future the older people to know that future would probably not be possible if they keep making factory plantations in places were trees are supposed to be. The people that smoke not only they are causing their self damage but the smoke that the cigarette makes is a also a damaged for the younger because their lungs are not strong enough to support so much smoke.

Overall air pollution harms our health because of big factories that are spreading all those chemicals on the air. If we keep on making more factories the next generation will be at risk and will have harmful diseases that won’t probably be a cure for. We as people should have a conscious of the consequences that is going to be happening in the future. A better way for this not happening would be start recycling, close out factories that are the most that create pollutants, stop throwing trash on the ocean, reduce combustion engines use more fuel efficiency, for last plant trees and stop using harmful chemicals towards nature. Of course that is if we contribute to have a better future and better lifestyle. Do you think you can help your planet and yourself? 

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