Ways to Prevent and Reduce Air, Water, and Land Pollution

Updated on October 21, 2017
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Lory, a development economist, did research projects on energy/anti-pollution topics for a national research agency in the Philippines.

This entire planet is our home. We are the only species that systematically destroy our own habitat.

— Marianne Williamson

Pollution is Our Problem

Pollution prevention is a major global concern because of its harmful effects on people's health and the environment. Because we are all inhabitants on Earth, everyone is a stakeholder, and every person has something to contribute to advance effective pollution prevention awareness. Environmental protection is a natural extension of caring for ourselves, loving our children, and ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come.

"If we heal the earth, we heal ourselves."

We should all, therefore, accept personal responsibility for the success of our local environmental protection programs by actively participating in making our atmosphere pollution-free. And, although we can each help combat pollution in our immediate environments, we can do more by working to change legislation and policy on a larger scale.

Averting the onset of pollution in any area, be it in air or water or on land, could be the simplest preventive solution. If there are no pollutants, there will be no pollution. And yet, this is easier said than done. Certain bad habits are entrenched and industrial development as we know it seems to involve an expectation of pollution. Even the most simple preventive approaches are often quite complicated, expensive, and difficult for a small business to implement.

Still, there are small changes we can make on the individual level that make a difference, both in the short and long term.

Breathing is life. We know that we can survive without food for several weeks and without water for few days, but without oxygen, we will die in a matter of minutes.

Pollution: What Can I Do?
Pollution: What Can I Do? | Source

A List of Things You Can Do

Every action or inaction of any person has an effect on the environment—be it good, neutral, or negative. By becoming aware and doing the right thing, we choose to be part of the solution. Here are some things you can do:

  • Stop smoking or don't throw your butts on the ground. Cigarette butts are not biodegradable and contain extremely toxic soluble chemicals. One butt thrown on the ground can remain for up to 25 years, leaking chemicals like arsenic, ammonia, acetone, benzene, cadmium, formaldehyde, lead, and toluene into the environment.
  • Drive an electric or hybrid car or at least one that uses unleaded gasoline.
  • Keep your car in good running condition to avoid emissions.
  • Share a ride or carpool.
  • Choose to walk or ride a bicycle whenever possible.
  • Never use open fires to dispose of waste, especially chemicals and plastic.
  • Adopt the 3 Rs of solid waste management: reduce, reuse, and recycle.
  • Use sustainable, reclaimed, or recycled building materials.
  • Start composting leaves and clippings from your yard and food scraps from your kitchen to reduce waste while improving your soil.
  • Use the power supplied abundantly and freely by wind and sun. Hang your laundry to dry to minimize your use of gas or electricity and open a window or put on a sweater rather than turning on the air conditioner or heater.
  • Buy local foods and goods. In this manner, the use of fuel for transporting goods can be minimized.
  • Look around you house or place of business for ways you could conserve water.
  • Use and buy products that are eco-friendly or made with biodegradable materials. Avoid plastic.
  • Always bring a bag when you shop.
  • Get rid of your lawn: Plant bee-friendly, drought-tolerant, native plants instead.
  • Plant more trees. They clean the air, provide oxygen, and beautify your surroundings.
  • Take care to properly dispose of your pet's waste.
  • Do not litter. Start an anti-litter campaign to educate your community.
  • If you own a business, make sure you have considered the environmental impact of your business practices. If you work for someone else, take the time to assess your company's environmental impact and try to implement positive change.
  • Say a big "NO" to pesticides and GMOs (genetically modified organisms).
  • Join an Earth Day celebration (every April 22nd) and consider making its tenets an everyday practice.

Infographic: What you can do to help stop pollution.
Infographic: What you can do to help stop pollution.

One person alone cannot save the planet’s biodiversity, but each individual’s effort to encourage nature’s wealth must not be underestimated.

— United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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We have a moral and spiritual bond to the planet that God made the source of all living things that our own survival depends upon. Many urban dwellers have lost their spiritual bond to the earth when they lose a connection to the natural environment. They can lose their inner peace too.

— Father Shay Cullen

How Can We Stop or Control Pollution?

The good news is that there is hope. The seeming insurmountability of the situation does not stop environmental protection advocates from pursuing their goals for a pollution-free earth. Kudos to Greenpeace and similar organizations all over the world as they bear the torch.

The daunting size of the problem shouldn't stop you, either. Everyone can help by educating themselves and doing what they can to adopt good and healthy practices, starting with the items on this list. It is also important that we share and help raise awareness about what we know.

By doing what you can, educating yourself, and sharing your awareness, you can make a significant impact.

NASA reports that in the next ten months, the earth will get hotter by four degrees. Glaciers are melting at rapid rates. Our climate is changing drastically and it's getting worse.

Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise.

— Pope Francis in Laudato

Excerpt from "Laudato Si" by Pope Francis

A Prayer for Our Earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

The pollution of the planet is only an outside reflection of an inner psychic pollution: millions of unconscious individuals not taking responsibility for their inner space. [...] Are you polluting the world or cleaning up the mess? You are responsible for your inner space; nobody else is, just as you are responsible for the planet. As within, so without. If humans clear inner pollution, then they will also cease to create outer pollution.

— Eckhart Tolle

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      11 months ago

      Say "no" to GMOs? That's a great way to make the problem WORSE. GMOs generally provide more food and more nutrition while using less land, less water and less pesticide in growing it. Stop the anti-science fear-mongering and say YES to GMOs.

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      23 months ago

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      One simple idea to reduce pollution.

      It is to create local public/government transport system using animals like horses and camels instead of the conventional vehicles.

      In ancient times, civilizations used animals as means of transport.

      This is an eco friendly natural way.

      Animals as means of transport reduce accidents as well as the animals are conscious beings.

      Some people may object as this may lead to abuse of the animals.

      For that, the only solution I feel is to learn to treat them and use them with love and gentle care.

      I am trying to meet all leaders/business men to spread this idea. This idea may and hopefully will save the planet, people and all living beings.

      Regards....

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      23 months ago

      GMO is good for reducing polluting dammit! They use less fertilizer to make more food. GMO's are one of the greatest tools in our arsenal. Weed resistant and pest resistant plants mean less herbicide and insecticide and those are the real killer of the environment. Not to mention less tillage of soil means less use of diesel fuel. GMO's are wonderful if you say otherwise you're wrong.

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      24 months ago

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      2 years ago

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      2 years ago

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      Bernard Barclay 

      3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Making it a legal requirement, that new houses are built, with solar power, would also help, laws need to be created, that are designed to overcome the problems, but we also need to take into account, what people can afford.

      Part of the reason for the worlds deforestation is because those tree's are used in our building industry to create houses for our increasing population, which links the worlds polution problem, to the worlds over population problem.

      to overcome the worlds polution problem we also need to look at how to create a sustainable population

      there is no point in bringing billions of more people into the world if you can't feed them.

      Half the reason the governments turn their backs, on environment protection solutions, is that, they impact on job creation, and economic stimulisation solutions.

      We need to think, out of the square, how do we stimulate economic growth, reduce over population and achieve that, in a way that helps protect, the environment.

      Industrialised nations, have only a 2.5 percent population growth, the difference being, that people put off having family's, to futher there careers, the solution is to give everybody in the world, the chance to futher there career.

      Creating factory's, housing and cars, that use solar power would reduce the use of carbon base fuels but if we leave this to the choice of the people, it won't happen, we need to ligislate to create change.

      Stimulating investment in the ways, that I have suggested in my hubs, would allow for people, with the brains to guide the direction of investment, creating jobs for the unemployed world wide, overcoming poverty and leading the world to an environmetally friendly direction.

      Every problem has a solution, but my solution create's a profit for the investor, overcome's unemployment, and points in a direction, that could help, in creating a sutainable environment.

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      3 years ago

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      Bernard Barclay 

      3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Well researched article but there is more, that we could do, saving together creating jobs would help in overcoming unemployment, stopping the poaching of wild animals in third world countrys, granted if we create inapproriate employment, we would increase the consumption of world resources.

      but if we created investment groups and guide them towards ideas on improving the worlds environment like creating more solar power and cars power by electricity.

      Granted we do not want to increase the deforestation of the rain forests but growing and havesting pine tree's could see the needs for forestation and business linked to improves the lives of people.

      At the end of the day we have to feed the people create the jobs and take care of our planet at the same time.

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      suman 

      3 years ago

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