Pollution





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Pollution affects this entire planet and should be taken into consideration to take drastic measures to ensure we preserve a clean environment. As for humans and animals, we need to be able to breathe in fresh air to be healthy and survive.  A key way to get the message across is by teaching and showing people the risk of pollution.


“Pollution occurs in different forms; air, water, soil, radioactive, noise, heat/ thermal and light.”


Air Pollution is the most prominent and dangerous form of pollution. It occurs due to many reasons. Excessive burning of fuel which is a necessity of our daily lives for cooking, driving and other industrial activities; releases a huge amount of chemical substances in the air every day; these pollute the air.”


Great Website With Suggested Solutions:


Explanation of Pollution:
https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/pollutiontypes.php


Water Sanitation

Photo From "ONE" web.














In rural areas, especially in small villages in Africa, water sanitation is the biggest problem. There has been helpful in the past years by improving water resources, but it still a problem in many small villages. It's important to continue improving and developing new ways to provide clean water because it can reduce diseases and mortality. “Globally, an estimated 2,000 children under the age of five die every day from diarrhoeal diseases and of these some 1,800 deaths are linked to water, sanitation, and hygiene” (Unicef).


Suggested Solution:
One of the ways to help improve water sanitation is by first focusing where the problem is, which is in public areas (in particular rural areas), secondly a way to accomplish it. For example creating more innovating sewer systems that can filter water simply, natural, and economical. This could reduce the problem with diseases. For example, toilet waste can maybe be filtered and reused in useful ways. Also, filtering the water in toilets it's an easier way to keep water clean, as the water wouldn't just be disposed into rivers that are used for drinking water.


Children Death Caused by Lack of Water Sanitation:
The main reason for the causes of many children deaths it’s due to the fact of the diseases and infections produced by water not being sanitized, which is mostly in rural areas where many don’t have access to clean water. The infections consist of diseases that are led to mortality. For example, if the children drink contaminated waters it can cause severe diarrhea which then causes dehydration.


Recommended articles to read:
UNICEF:

ONE:
https://www.one.org/international/issues/water-and-sanitation/


The WaterHub

The benefits of advances in water purification can often go beyond the many advantages of simply having clean water. One example of the growing benefits of water sustainability is the WaterHub at Emory University. The first of its kind in the United States, the WaterHub provides Emory with almost 40% of its water supply which takes a massive load off of Atlanta’s municipal water supply. Because WaterHub was developed by Sustainable Water to blur the line between social and fiscal responsibility, it’s important to take a look at the financial burden that could possibly be lifted on these communities.

If we look into the purification process behind the WaterHub, we see that it is to, essentially, copy the natural process seen in wetlands, tidal marshes, and rivers. What this accomplishes is a natural control over microbial growth in the water. This is important because uncontrolled microbial growth can lead to the spread of disease via unclean water. Water purification systems like WaterHub are an important step in leading to a focus on using the right water for the right purpose—the ultimate goal of which is to push toward a completely sustainable community—socially, environmentally, and financially.

Check it out:

Seabin

According to The Atlantic, this year alone, there are 2.6 trillion pounds of garbage in the world. That includes an 8 million trash in the oceans and 28-billion pounds of plastic waste. Animals and other creatures in the oceans mistake the plastic garbage for their meal; they ingest it, choke, and die. Peter Ceglinski and Andrew Turton combat this ocean garbage pollution and invented a trashcan for the ocean called the Seabin. It took them four years to design and develop this cleaning technology. Seabins are installed in controlled environments such as the marinas, ports, and yacht clubs and even rivers and lakes where the waves directly swept the garbage to the Seabin. Compared to existing mechanisms designed to clean ports and marinas like the employment of trash boats, Seabin is more efficient and relatively lower in cost. Seabin could operate 24/7, do not require large dock space and only need little maintenance.

How Seabin works: Click on the diagram below.


Photo Credit: five-oceans.co


The video below also shows how the Seabin works.



Peter and Andrew founders of Seabin is making a difference everyday by helping marine animals to get away from water pollution. It does not solve all the garbage problems in the oceans, but as they say on their site, they are helping clean the oceans "one marina at a time."

How do you think you can make a difference in the marine life? What do you think of Peter and Andrew's Seabin invention? Are there any pros and cons that you want to share regarding Seabin? Let your voice be heard and leave a comment below.

For more information click this link: Seabin

Sources: The AtlanticOcean Conservancy Inc.Indiegogo



The Power Of Recycling



There are many benefits of recycling it not just helps the environment, but it can also contribute to our economy. When the U.S reaches 75% of recycling it has the potential to create 1.5 million jobs. We hear a lot about the benefits of recycling like converses 95% of water, finite natural resources and prevent waste from going to the oceans.


The Economic Benefits
Recycling is a $200 Billion industry in the United States
-Recycling has the potential to create more jobs than landfills and waste of energy plants (7-10) more jobs.
-Recycle properly in the U.S it can create valuable resources for U.S manufacturing.


The Environment Benefits 
-Conserves fresh water up to 95 percent.
-Finite natural resources
-prevent waste going into the ocean
- reduces CO2 Emissions
-reduces fossil fuel energy

The power of recycling can help fight the battle of global warming and at the same time contribute to our strong economy. Before you decide to throw your soda bottle in the garage can think of the negative outcomes that will have on the environment. We as humans have the ability to change the environment for next generation and animals. Why not use that power for good?


To learn more about recycling and how to properly recycle. Click on the link below:
http://www.oregonmetro.gov/tools-living/garbage-and-recycling

Sources:
http://www.recycleacrossamerica.org/recycling-facts
http://www.oregonmetro.gov/tools-living/garbage-and-recycling




Fighting Climate Change!


Global warming is not a hoax or a lie. The reality is global warming is real and it should be urgently address by the U.S and the world. The global temperature are rising according to NASA, the earths average surface temperature has risen 2.0 degrees. So what contribute to this rise of temperature, the change is driven largely by increase carbon dioxide and human made emissions into the atmosphere.
The past year (2016) was the warmest on record in the past 35 years.

The outcomes of rapid climate change: 
-Global temperature rise
-Warming oceans
-Shrinking Ice Sheets
-Glacial retreat
-Decreased Snow Cover
-Sea level rise
-Extreme Events

All of the listed outcomes of rapid climate change are already happening and are causing devastating results.

                                                      What can I do to help?
Get Involved!
-Contact your political representative
-Vote for candidates that support effective climate polices.

Energy Efficient
-Switch off light, when not in use.
-Change lightbulbs to LED
-Unplug electronic machine, when not in use.
-Look for Energy Star (products).

Choose renewable power
-Ask your utility to switch clean, renewable power.

 Food
-Buy organic and locally grown food.
-18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from MEAT and DAIRY production.

Trim your waste
-Recycle!Recycle!Recycle!

In the end, we have so much power to help fight climate change. This fight is not over! Bring awarness to climate change and educate others about how help!


Sources:
https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/
https://davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/top-10-ways-can-stop-climate-change/

WATER FOUNTAIN FANTASTIC


(Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Water fountains, the historic underrated public infrastructure of fortune throughout the world benefiting the masses in a myriad of ways. Drinking water fountains provide free public access to what is typically high quality and safe potable water. Improving public health through the broad access of affordable drinking water; to reducing the environmental and economic burdens of bottled drinks. They serve as the superior environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative to bottled water and accommodate a wide array of users, including children, commuters, runners, the homeless, and tourists, as well as pets.

In the past few decades, however, they have been disappearing from public spaces for a number of reasons. Including the craze of commercial bottled water, decreased public investment in urban infrastructure, concern over the health risks of fountains, and an aloofness toward public water systems. The Environmental Protection Agency has tried to reverse this movement against drinking fountains. They argue that we should embrace drinking fountains as the more sustainable, economic alternative.

From French cyclists partaking in free drinking water from a fountain that was built in Paris in 1930 (above), to children in 2009 using a new public drinking fountain in London (below). Water fountains have brought extreme welfare and a cure for thirst to the world that is essential to continue with our advanced technology and growing population. Let's make this world environmentally optimal with water fountain philanthropy. Water Fountain Fantastic!

(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)



Sources

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/14/history-of-water-fountains_n_6357064.html

http://pacinst.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Drinking_Fountains_and_Public_Health_Feb_2017-1.pdf

Drinks for a Cause

Over half of the U.S. population drinks alcohol, and for college students, it's almost 60 percent. Did you know that you can do some good in the world while downing your draft?


  • Choose and brew organic! This supports organic farming which adds to the amount of farmland that is grown with toxic chemicals, as well as keeps groundwater cleaner, reduces community and worker exposure to spray, and reduces water shortages, erosion, and pollution. Plus, you'll be ingesting less.

  • Support sustainable festivals! While festivals around the world are inching toward being more environmentally friendly, the Oregon Beer Festival (http://organicbeerfest.org) want to be "the most earth friendly beer festival in North America". They have onsite composting and recycling, biodiesel generators for electricity, vendors selling sustainable wares and services, reusable signage, and they actively try to reduce waste. The employees even wear organic cotton or hemp t-shirts, and patrons are asked to bike or use public transportation if possible.


  •  Attend a drinks for charity event! Many non-profits have socialization events for networking. Green Empowerment (www.greenempowerment.org), a Portland based organization, actively works alongside local partners to improve access to clean water and renewable energy to developing countries. Each month, they join other local "international development" groups for Development Drinks, a gathering for professionals and anyone else who wants to get involved (www.greenempowerment.org/development-drinks). Meetup is also great place to find such events (www.meetup.com/i-am-networking)

  • Visit a philanthropub! What's a philanthropub, you ask? It's a bar where a portion (or all) of the proceeds go to charity. The Oregon Public House (www.oregonpublichouse.com) is the self-proclaimed first non-profit pub in the world, and one of many philanthropubs popping up nationwide. At OPH, you choose your food and drink, and then you get to choose the charity you want the proceeds from your sale to go to.

  • Recycle your bottles and cans! Only about 40 percent of glass beer bottles get recyled, even less for wine and liquor bottles, and you can run a television for 3 hours with the energy you save when you recycle a single aluminum can.  




BEER THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD





Sources:


https://www.thebalance.com/facts-about-glass-recycling-2877982  

The American Traveler

If you’ve every traveled to a different country, you’ve been told not to drink the water or eat certain foods. This is most common in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia where systems that bring water (and even food) to and from the cities are contaminated with bacteria, fecal matter, and parasites. The results of this is usually gastrointestinal issues lasting days or even weeks.

What’s interesting is local residents don’t experience this same type of problem that visitors experience. Why is that? According to the Popular Science Magazine, locals that drink and eat the food that made you sick – have paid the price at some point in their lives. The children in the developing world have dreadful, recurring problems with diarrheal disease. 


Today, billions of people are gaining access to water, but there is still a huge inequality in many regions. For example, in some regions of South Africa, water supply in 60% of households has been interrupted for multiple days.

I don't think as people in America, who have always had access to water, understand the seriousness of water scarcity in developing countries. 

To read more, follow the links!