Air pollution has a negative impact on health. It can provoke pre-existing conditions such as asthma and irritate eyes at best. At worst, it can cause early death, lung cancer, be the root cause of someone’s asthma or trigger a fatal asthma attack. Air pollution also kills plants by blocking the sunlight they need to live. Plants suck carbon dioxide from the air.
Animals can fall ill due to the same diseases that humans get from breathing in polluted air. With fewer plants, animals have less to eat and lost habitat. This means that there’s less predators of pests, such as rats, which also presents problems to public health. It is apparent that the air we breathe needs to be clean.
Hyper-local Cleaner Air
With awareness of what sort of problems their habits cause, most people are willing to change. Airly provides data about the air quality in your local area. If you could see in real-time what driving to somewhere you can easily walk to was doing, you’d be less likely to get into your car. Enough people changing their habits would have a significant impact on air quality. The plants would come back, improving it even more.
Breathing cleaner air is going to improve health. It can even lengthen life expectancy. Less asthma attacks would be triggered. An asthma attack can be fatal. Less children would go on to develop asthma in the first place if the air was cleaner. Air pollution is directly associated with a higher risk of heart disease and strokes.
The brain needs oxygen to work. With an improved air quality, the brain can work faster with quicker reflexes. Clean air can delay the cognitive decline that happens in old age and keep us active and alert for longer. It can also reduce rates and severity of depression.
Short Term Exposure
Even short term exposure to air pollution can cause health problems, beyond triggering an asthma attack. It can reduce life expectancy in people susceptible to strokes and heart problems.
According to the World Health Organization, air pollution reduces life expectancy. It resulted in 5.5 million extra deaths in 2013.
Cleaner air can’t bring back the lives already lost, but it can improve the life expectancy of everyone. Fewer children would develop asthma with cleaner air, and those already with it will have fewer triggers, preventing fatalities. Even in people not prone to developing anything, it can repress the immune system making it harder to fight off colds and flus. Clean air can improve everyone’s moods and make thinking clearer. Improved thinking is an improved quality of life. There’s less chance of developing lung cancer with fewer irritants floating about. Clean air can even reduce the physical appearance of aging, saving money and CO2 miles on the face creams that don’t work.
Clean air benefits us all in the long run with fewer associated health problems.