Pollution is something that people take very seriously these days. It did not always used to be this way. It was not because people were consciously and purposely promoting pollution. Rather, they did not know how much harm their actions were causing the environment. No, this does not refer to throwing empty soda cans out of a car window. (Not that such an action is minor) No, there were far worse pollution scenarios. In the 1950’s, detergent refuse, for example, were sometimes dumped into streams since people did not realize the serious consequences of such actions. Thankfully, we are both more aware of the consequences today and we are more conscious of the steps to take to avoid such calamities.
Pollution is far from something that is merely unsightly. There are a number of serious health consequences that can result from unchecked pollution. In Canada, Toronto air pollution has raised a number of alarms. The Toronto Globe and Mail points out 1700 preventable deaths occur every year that is a direct result of air pollution. Much of this air pollution comes from emissions such as carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is emitted from car exhausts which then inhaled by people. No, this does not mean carbon monoxide car pollution alone is causing the 1700 deaths. But, when it is combined with other pollutants, lifestyle choices, and genetic factors the combination can be a reduction in people’s lives. While Toronto can not change every component that might decrease the quality of life, it can take care of some factors. Car pollution is one of those factors.
Water pollution in Toronto
Water pollution in Toronto is also a problem. This is a difficult form of pollution to deal with mainly because it is the result of storm runoff. Essentially, rain water soaks many impurities in the urban areas which run off into rivers and streams. To combat this, both the local governments and private citizens have to take many extra efforts to reduce such problems. To a degree they have been successful although inefficient bureaucracies have limited progress. It is safe to say, however, some progress is better than zero progress.
Toronto is one city in one country, but it is endemic of the problem many countries face. Actually, things in Toronto are not all that bad compared to other parts of the world. China, for example, possesses some of the most polluted air in human history. The long term effects of such corrupted air will be revealed in time. And, no, the revelation will not be a pretty one.
How to get rid of pollution is not as difficult as some would assume. Simply altering a few common habits you may have can work wonders in this regard. Reducing pollution in the water is not difficult. Simply refrain from dumping impurities into waterways. This could be something as simple as not pouring soda into a stream or not emptying boat fuel into the ocean. This greatly reduces ocean pollution. Keeping the air clean is not as tough as some assume either. If you avoid idling your car, for example, you are reducing emissions. Yes, it is true that even minor actions can have a huge impact if they are performed often enough.