Pollution pollution affects the way people live

As a society, we have have been growing at a rapid rate for decades now and with our newest materials, such as cars, homes, and buildings, a lot of pollution is produced from them. We have created alternatives such as electric cars and eco friendly buildings, but the problem still exists. Michelle Radcliff from Home and Garden, talking about the electric car's states, “the recharging times were extremely long and production costs were very high”. As humans, we have a hard time adjusting to change and adapting to our surroundings. We typically tear down whatever was there in our way and build what we want. We take away farmland that produces our food and the trees that give us oxygen. With no trees to take in the bad air, it is left for us to breath. Because changing our living habits is such an inconvenience, most people continue living their life, as if the pollution doesn’t exist. In this example, Robert Gifford, a psychologist's states, “taking a plane is several times less fuel-efficient even than driving, but we often choose to fly to save time”. That is just another way where because we want to save time, we choose the choice that is killing our earth. Now if you have to fly across the world, that is another story. But if you are going state to state, that is a situation where you could drive, yet it would take an extra day or two. Throughout my research, it has appeared to me that convenience is more important to people than stopping the problem of pollution.

Pollution has had negative effects on the earth. Food chains have been disrupted, our air have been effected, and the entire ecosystem has had to adapt to these changes. When we cut down trees to build roads and civilizations, we are taking away our oxygen source. The trees take in the air that is bad for us, so when they are being cut down and not replanted, the carbon dioxide just sits there. Carbon dioxide also ruins our ozone and allows greenhouse gases to enter our atmosphere. According to EPA, “Ground level ozone can also have harmful effects on sensitive vegetation and ecosystems”. We depend on animals and vegetation such as food sources to survive and when they are being affected because we are polluting to earth they are becoming scarce. The vegetation is being contaminated by chemicals and in some places it is harder to grow crops because the soil is being affected by the pollution. Oil leaks, waste from humans, and industrial activities are some of the biggest influences we have on pollution. According to Finch and Chen, not only are the crops being affected by air pollution but also affecting people's overall and future health. “Alzheimer's has been linked to air pollution, its predicted that by the year 2050 that more than 14 million people will be affected by the disease.”

According to Time Magazine, “Air pollution kills more than 200,000 in Europe and nearly 80,000 in the U.S. each year.” These deaths are usually caused by respiratory issues that are made worse by the toxins in the air. Additionally, National Geographic states, “Scientists are even discovering that pharmaceuticals ingested by humans but not fully processed by our bodies are eventually ending up in the fish we eat.” This means the waste we put into the water we end up ingesting later because it ends up in our seafood. Many people are dependent on Marine life for all of their meals, and essentially they are eating our waste. In some, but not all cases, the government is putting in policies to help with different types of pollution.

The government is not doing enough to help the cause and stop the pollution of our earth before it is too late. Time magazine states that in 2016, former president Obama used his executive authority to create a 30% decrease in carbon emissions. He made states put alternative sources of energy to limit the emissions from energy sources. Time also stated that air pollution kills more than 5.5 Million people per year. Unfortunately, this is still too many; According to National Geographic, “Many national laws as well as international protocols now forbid dumping of harmful materials into the ocean, although enforcement can often be spotty.” Some effort is being put into curbing pollution, but not enough. The enormity of this issue is more than most people can comprehend as people can’t see all of the affects it has on our world and it’s people.

Some people live in areas that are greatly affected by pollution every day. According to the Telegraph, “notoriously smoggy Beijing, hitting a peak 197 micrograms per cubic metre for particulate matter on the Air Quality Index.” This means that every day people in Beijing are breathing in physical evidence of pollution. In addition to the air, oceans are experiencing other detrimental problems. National Geographic states, “Common man-made pollutants that reach the ocean include pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, detergents, oil, sewage, plastics, and other solids. Many of these pollutants collect at the ocean's depths, where they are consumed by small marine organisms and introduced into the global food chain.” This means that the oceans are being filled up with our waste and then we are consuming them. It’s a full circle of problems because we are dumping garbage into the ocean, ocean life consumes it, and then us humans consume it as well. Whether we are breathing it in or consuming it, pollution is getting into our bodies. In order to stop it, National Geographic suggests we get rid of the old policy of dumping waste into the ocean. Scientists have found that it has been happening since the development of cities. Unfortunately, we can’t stop pollution, but we can decrease future effects on the planet.

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