Here are some ideas you can try in your daily life, because small actions make a big difference:
Transport is a big source of air pollutants such as particulate matter PM2.5, ozone, and nitrogen dioxide. Long-term exposure to these pollutants may lead to a variety of diseases, and air pollution emissions from transport have been linked to nearly 400,000 premature deaths annually. The world’s top 10 cities in which transportation was responsible for this were: Guangzhou, Tokyo, Shanghai, Mexico City, Cairo, New Delhi, Moscow, Beijing, London, and Los Angeles.
To encourage motorists around the globe to choose more sustainable ways to travel besides driving alone in a car, Car Free Day is celebrated on September 22. Join the movement of conscious cyclists or carpool!
When food waste is disposed of in landfills, it rots and becomes a significant source of methane - a potent greenhouse gas. Besides that, we need to realize that we dispose of not only food but all the packaging and resources spent on making it. The food system produces one-third of greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change.
This helps to reduce raw materials consumption.
The major source of indoor air pollution is burning fossil fuels for cooking and heating, as the smoke from it contains toxic gases and particulate matter. Wood-burning fires can produce about six times more particle pollution than a modern diesel lorry, according to Dr. Gary Fuller, a leading pollution scientist at King’s College London. EPA-certified wood stoves have better insulation and improved air flow, so more of these gases and particles are burned inside the stove, resulting in less smoke and less air pollution.
Electronic products with the ENERGY STAR label have been tested to ensure they meet the latest standards for energy savings.
Chemical-based paints/cleaning products have volatile organic compounds that contaminate the air. Chemicals in these substances can react with nitrogen oxides in the air and form ozone. Switching to water-based cleaning products that are labeled “zero VOC” helps reduce air pollution.
A few of these and a charger are not that expensive. Plus, you don’t have to keep throwing out batteries, which contributes to landfills and processes that pollute the air.
Purchase solar panels, power derived from the wind, or even hydropower. You can reduce the demand on the power grid, save energy and cash, and reduce the strain on the environment from fossil fuels.