The increasing levels of pollution in our environment are an unfortunate result of urbanisation and population growth throughout the world.
Weare all aware of some of the effects industrial pollution has had on the healthof individuals and the environment in the past, however many people are unaware of some of the effects of traffic related air pollution. Recent studies have shown that air pollution from traffic may be responsible for excess numbers of lung cancer in urban areas . Traffic also contributes to much of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which, over the last 150 years, has increased by around 33% and is a major cause of the worldwide rise in temperatures and long term climactic changes
Although this is all the collective result of millions, you can try to minimise the exposure you have to pollution and the pollution you cause.
If you wish to live a long and healthy life, takethe time to carefully and critically analyse your immediate environment. How biga role is pollution playing in your life and that of your family? Do you really have to live under a flight path, or in a heavily polluted city? Is it time to quit smoking (if you need a motivating factor, remember tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death, along with diet, lack of physical activity and injury). Ask yourself, what actions can I take today in order to give my family and myself a cleaner, healthier lifestyle?
You can also play a small part in reducing air pollution, and improve your activity levelsand health at the same time by choosing to ride a bike or walk whenever possibleinstead of driving your car.