Small steps can make big impacts in reducing pollution

by Madi Miller

The World Health Organization (WHO) said, “The combined or joint effects of ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution exposure cause about 7 million premature deaths every year from increased mortality from stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and acute respiratory infections.” We can do more to eliminate both food and water waste to reduce pollution.

To reduce food waste:

Take stock of what is in your pantry and meal plan with what you have bought. Do not buy more fresh foods than you will use. Eat leftovers.

To reduce water waste:

Giving up plastic bottles will help our oceans and reduce the energy it takes to produce them. When you buy a disposable bottle of water, you are giving that company money to produce more. Consumers have a voice and can make the change. 

Everyday you have a choice. Every action you make can be thought about. Will this help my home? Or will it just help me? Your small acts will make an impact even if your neighbor is not taking those acts.


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