10 Steps to Cleaner Air

This post is written as part of the Change The World Wednesday Challenge (CTWW) at Reduced Footprints.  The topic this week is human rights as related to the environment.

 

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There are many known carcinogens (cancer causing agents).  2 agencies; The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the US National Toxicology Program (NTP) are responsible for making a list of carcinogenic substances.

How does a carcinogen work.  It works in a few ways.  First, they cause changes in our DNA – such that the cells begin dividing rapidly and out of control.  There are a number of sources…

  • Genetics – or how predisposed we are.  Just by who are ancestors are.
  • Lifestyle factors (tobacco use, alcohol use, exercise, eating habits, etc)
  • Naturally occurring exposure (radon gas, UV rays, etc)
  • Medical Treatments (chemotherapy, radiation, etc)
  • Workplace exposure
  • Pollution

It is an innate human right to have healthy air to breathe.  Our air should not make us sick.  Just 3 days ago, WHO (The World Health Organization) reported that the number one leading cause of lung cancer is air pollution.  The cases associated with air pollution is much more than those associated with asbestos – the most well known cause of lung cancer in this country.

As reported by WHO, the major contributors are transport, power generation, and industrial and agricultural emissions.   You can take a look at the report here.

We need to clean up our act.  How can parents initiate programs in their own home – and then be a good example to their children first, and to others second?  Here are 10 easy ways.

  • Keep up with your car maintainance schedules.  It’s important that your car is running clean.  Tires need to be properly inflated, the engine needs to be working properly.  It helps us all.  I know it’s annoying paying those hundreds of dollars every four months or so, but it’s important to keeping your car in good working order.
  • Don’t top off your tank when filling gas.  When the tank automatically shuts off – that’s the end.  Don’t add more and risk gas spillage.
  • Keep your energy usage low.  When you need to replace an appliance, replace it with an Energy Star appliance.
  • Compost and reduce our landfills
  • Keep dangerous chemicals out of your home.  Use natural methods for cleaning.  If we don’t buy them, they won’t be in demand.  Sounds simple, I know.
  • Upcycle, recycle and reuse.  Use reusable bags to the store – only.  Got a worn out t-shirt?  Turn it into something functional – like a cloth napkin, washcloth, etc.
  • The less packaging the better.  It costs us pollutants to produce those packages.
  • Buy products made from sustainable forests.
  • Buy a new car!  Woot!  New cars conform to newer standards, pollute less and are more efficient.

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  • Spend more time at home with your family and less time on the road.

These ware steps that are attainable for everyone.  Don’t do a huge kitchen remodel and make all of your floors and cabinets bamboo (well you can if you have the means).  Start small.  Replace a less efficient something for a more efficient one.  I truly believe that it’s the small steps overtime that will make the biggest differences overall!

 

Do you think you could initiate some of these steps in your home?  Which ones could you do?

Lisa
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  1. I love this post Lisa! I agree – start small!
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  2. Pollution is the primary source of lung cancer? that is a scary fact.
    Old t-shirts make the best rags and I would love to get a new car : )
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