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September 7: International Clean Air Day

Happiness is a breath of fresh air


What are the benefits of clean air for the lives of humans and animals?


Just like clean water, clean air has important benefits for human and animal life.


This is because, if there is no clean and fresh air, it will cause respiratory tract diseases.


Clean air is decreasing, and air pollution is increasing because many trees are being cut down.


If clean air becomes increasingly scarce, the surrounding air will contain pollution or carbon dioxide which can endanger human and animal life.


Benefits of Clean Air


1. Improves body function


Clean air can create oxygen and improve the function and efficiency of cells in the body.


Apart from that, it can also increase muscle contractions, hormone production, cells in the body, and digestion.


2. Cleans the lungs from dirty air


Clean air will make the lungs bigger due to increased oxygen.


The lungs will automatically release toxins from the body when inhaling clean air.


3. Maintain heart health


One of the benefits of clean air for humans is to maintain heart health.


4. Reduces the incidence of disease


Apart from the benefits above, clean air can reduce the incidence of disease.

Diseases and viruses have less ability to survive and live in fresh air.


Impact of Pollution on Climate:


Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) are among the pollutants most associated with short-term health impacts and planetary warming. These pollutants persist in the atmosphere for only a few days or up to decades, so reducing them could provide almost immediate health and climate benefits for those living in places where levels drop.


Air pollution is a global problem with far-reaching impacts due to long-distance transportation. If there is no aggressive intervention, the number of premature deaths from air pollution is expected to increase by more than 50 percent by 2050.


Society bears high costs due to air pollution due to its negative impact on the economy, work productivity, health care costs and tourism, among others. Therefore, the economic benefits of investing in air pollution control cannot be overestimated, and it must be understood that there are also economic reasons to act and that there are cost-effective solutions to address air pollution.


International Clean Air Day for blue skies


UN Member States recognize the need to substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals as well as air, water and land pollution and contamination by 2030, as well as reduce the adverse per capita environmental impacts in cities, including by paying special attention on air quality and management of municipal and other waste by 2030.


Clean air is important for people's health and daily life, while air pollution is the greatest environmental risk to human health and one of the leading causes of avoidable death and disease globally. Air pollution disproportionately affects women, children, and the elderly, and also has negative impacts on ecosystems.


Currently, the international community recognizes that improving air quality can improve climate change mitigation and that climate change mitigation efforts can improve air quality.


How to keep the air clean:


  • Use public transportation

  • Turn off lights and other electronics when not in use

  • Apply the concept of recycling and reuse

  • Avoid the use of plastic products (plastic bags)

  • Reduce burning and smoking activities

  • Use a fan instead of an AC

  • Avoid using products with chemicals

  • Increase the number of green gardens (gardening)

  • Implement tree planting and reforestation actions

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