The Air I Breathe

The Air I Breathe


So here is a fact I just discovered….

“According to the 2014 World Health Organization report, air pollution in 2012 caused the deaths of around 7 million people worldwide.”

I knew from the start that my environmental series had to include a photo that dealt with air pollution but I had no idea the severity of it until I started researching information for my blog.

What is it exactly? In a nutshell, it’s the introduction of harmful materials into the earth’s atmosphere that have an adverse effect on humans and the ecosystem. That brown cloud you see hovering over large urban areas like Los Angeles and Rome is created by either natural or man-made pollutants.

The list of pollutants seems almost endless and the sources that they come from even longer. Here are just a few of the manmade sources –
power plants, factories, incinerators, furnaces, motor vehicles, aircraft, hair spray, paint, landfills, nuclear weapons.

And a few of the natural sorces –
dust, methane emitted by animals (eg. cattle), radon, smoke, some vegetation, volcanic activity.

It’s a little overwhelming to say the least. I’m fortunate that I don’t live in one of the world’s “hot spots” for air pollution like India or China but for how long am I the lucky one? How long until the spread continues into rural areas in all corners of the earth? In Canada we have something called the Air Quality Health Index that measures the safety of doing physical activity outside. Higher numbers are no longer something that just occur in the big cities.

My photo depicts a girl, donning a mask, trying to block out some of the harmful particles created by motor vehicles. I chose to target this area first in my series because in Canada (my country), transportation is one of the largest sources of air pollution. After learning what I’ve learned I’m sure you’ll see further photos in the series dealing with air pollution.

Next time I’ll be taking my bike….

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Thanks again to my amazing model, Sarah Ruest.