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Simple Things We All Can Do to Reduce Pollution

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Pollution like love is in the air, and even in more places. It’s everywhere in the water and soil, and even when we can’t see it, pollution is there.

We can’t stop drinking water, breathing or planting our lands, but we can take action first by learning more about pollution and second by stopping polluting.

This is a series of posts with information on the different types of pollution and ways to reduce them.

Air Pollution

The air is contaminated with harmful substances and particles such as dust, smoke, gases, soot, odors, liquid droplets, etc. Air pollution happens both indoor and outside. The substances and particles reach high levels of concentration that are dangerous for the environment and for the life of humans and animals.

Human activity is the main source of air pollution:
Burning fossil fuels
Industrial activity, mining, and chemical
Land transportation
Heating and cooking and other household appliances (refrigerator and air conditioners)
Farming and agriculture
Waste management

Natural causes:

air pollution
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Volcanic eruptions
Dust storms
Naturally occurring wildfires
The natural decay of the Earth’s crust

Ambient air pollution alone caused some 4.2 million deaths in 2016, while household air pollution from cooking with polluting fuels and technologies caused an estimated 3.8 million deaths in the same period, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

What to do to reduce air pollution?

Save energy everywhere, turn off lights, computers and other appliances
Use rechargeable batteries
Use energy efficient light bulbs and appliances
Use public transport, walk, ride a bike or go for a cleaner commute
Plant a small garden and get indoor air purifying plants
Grow your own fruit and vegetables
Use water-based or solvent-free paints
Dry clothes without naturally instead of using the dryer
Quit smoking
Don’t use hazardous chemicals
Don’t burn garden waste, leaves, or plastic
Volunteer and participate in environmental groups
Use proper filters for woodstoves and fireplaces
Choose products made of recycled material
Keep your car or other engines properly tuned
Don’t use leaf blowers or other methods that raise dust into the air

What can you add to this list?

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Timeline 2019

March 18, 2019
Competition launch.
Entries are welcomed
May 15, 2019
Voting & commenting begins for all
July 31, 2019
Deadlines for entries
August 31, 2019
Deadlines for votes & comments
September 5, 2019
10 finalists announced in both categories
September 5, 2019
People’s Choice Prize winners announced
September 15, 2019
Deadline for receipt of videos from finalists in both
October 5, 2019
Deadline for Panel of Judges’ selection of the winners
October 19, 2019
Winners announced at Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin

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