Today in India, a stark reminder of why pollution needs to be taken seriously, especially when disasters such as the Bhopal Gas Tragedy can happen anywhere.
As the 36th anniversary of Bhopal Gas Tragedy that took the life of thousands of people at midnight on December 2 in the year 1984. Considered as the world’s worst industrial disaster, Bhopal Gas Tragedy occurred after a highly toxic methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas made its way into and around the area situated near the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal. According to the official data, the incident claimed the lives of 2,259 people immediately after the incident. However, the government of Madhya Pradesh has confirmed that a total of 3787 people died due to the gas release. In total, over 500,000 people were exposed to these dangerous gases with zero protection, something that should never happen again. More importantly, it can be prevented.
So, what is pollution control and how can we do our part?
Pollution control in simple terms it is any means employed to limit the damage to the environment, by the discharge of harmful substances and energies. For example, means of pollution control might include; emission control systems for automobiles, sedimentation tanks in sewerage systems, or the simple practice of recycling.
We need to stop polluting for the future conservation of the planet and to help do this involves a number of social decisions:
1) Not to allow the escape into the environment of substances that are harmful to life.
2) To contain and recycle those substances that could be harmful if released into the environment in excessive quantities, and
3) Make small changes in our habits and lifestyle, as to reduce carbon, plastic and harmful pollution.
The knowledge and technology needed to put these decisions to work are available. Pollution control does not mean abandoning all existing productive human activities, but the reordering so as to guarantee that the side effects, do not outweigh their advantages.
Causes of Pollution
The truth is the major contributor to pollution is unfortunately, us!. Let's have a look at a few factors that contribute to everyday pollution:
- Pollution from vehicles: Carbon monoxide gas is generally emitted by cars and trucks and excess emission leads to environmental pollution.
- Fossil fuel emission: Power plants that burn coal help contribute to the production of smog. The result is a toxic gas which now surrounds our planet.
- Rise in Carbon Dioxide: This is happening now, why? Deforestation. Trees control heat as well as carbon dioxide but unfortunately, with fewer trees, harmful gases are on the rise.
- Chemical Agricultural Activities: The increased demand for food has resulted in contamination of soil and water. The use of pesticides although keep diseases out of crops, causes pollution and directly affects soil fertility and water supply.
- Plastic waste: Plastic waste has become a major environmental threat. It is non-biodegradable and emits heavy pollutants in the air while burning.
Effects of Pollution
On our ecosystem
Our ozone layer is depleting which in effect results in higher skin diseases including cancer. The reduction in Nitrogen Oxide can change the overall species composition of an ecosystem. Increase in Greenhouse Gases which are leading to a rise in Global Warming which affects the ecosystem in many ways.
Organic pollution, as well as all the pollution combined, can reduce the oxygen levels and it will have a great negative impact on every species present on this planet.
On our plants & trees
The effects of pollution on plants and trees is increasing. Acid rain mixes with the soil and contaminate it, affecting plant and tree growth The cutting down of trees also affects small plants growth. Smog creates a thin layer dirt and dust which hinders the amount of sunlight received by the plants, and can damage the photosynthesis process which ultimately damages the plants. By conserving the forests we may save ourselves and future generations.
On our animals
Similar to our plants and trees, acid rain also affects negatively on animals’ skin as well as on their health. They drink water from ponds and rivers and the composition of rain leads to toxicity.
What are we doing to help reduce pollution?
Apart from working hard to develop sustainable products, creating ideas for a circular society, as well as being mindful of working with like minded companies and businesses that have the wellbeing of the planet in mind, we also support the great work of Future Neutral.
Future Neutral was created to form collective action that’s beyond what an ordinary individual would be able to achieve otherwise. The hard pill to swallow is, as humans we want change, but we don’t want to give up too much. Many of us won’t give up our morning coffee. As a result Future Neutral co-exists with our real world infrastructure, and becomes the behavioural nudge we need to start acting differently. This will create a snowball effect, which begins with a nudge and ends in larger behavioural changes.
It’s simple, they work to reduce the impact and severity of climate change. Future Neutral is a stepping stone for greater behavioural change, and allows for a nudge in everyday actions. Through micro-transactions they aim to contribute to larger projects that would be unachievable on an individual basis. Carbon offset projects are one way in which we can all act.
Carbon Offset is only one component of a bigger picture, we must all adapt by reusing more, reducing our consumption and changing our lifestyles.
You can now offset your carbon footprint (and more) simply by shopping, and adding Future Neutral carbon offset at checkout – in one click! We must all take on climate action by reusing more, reducing our consumption and changing our lifestyles. Future Neutral makes it easy to take action
So, do you bit and click on the carbon offset next time you checkout on your shopping cart!
Have a great December!
Stay Sustainable (but most of all, Stay Coconuts!)