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Everyone is affected by outdoor air pollution and at current levels, it has started killing us.
Air Pollution is a mix of chemicals, particulate matter, and biological materials that react with each other and form tiny hazardous particles. It contributes to breathing problems, chronic diseases, increased hospitalization, and premature mortality.
Short term symptoms from exposure are itchy eyes, nose and throat, coughing, chest pains, headaches, and upper respiratory problems. Long term effects include lung cancer, chronic respiratory illness and developing allergies.
Here are five easy ways we can cut down air pollution as individuals:
#1 Use your car a lot less
Take public transportation if you have the ability to do so or carpool with friends and colleagues. You can also ride your bike and be in nature for a stress free commute. This way you won't be contributing to the issues air is dealing with by adding your car to the mix.
#2 Use multi-purpose bags when you shop
Avoid plastic bags as much as possible. They are made out of oil products that can hurt the environment from production and never decomposing.
#3 Use both sides of your paper
Paper is made from tree's which help filter our air. Also the process of making paper causes air pollution from chemicals dumping into our air. Try to be multi-purpose with many things in life.
#4 Plant trees
Trees are natural air filters, and help reduce air pollutants. Trees also improve our mood and cool down the temperature by a few degrees, which makes them a great substitute for energy demanding and polluting air conditioners.
#5 Educate your companions
Let the people around you know about how they can contribute to clean air initiatives and educate them about all of the different ways that they can take care of the environment themselves.