Air Pollution Control: What Can You Do?
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Air Pollution Control: What Can You Do?

The air we breathe nowadays is full of toxins. The ever-increasing industrial waste, construction, landfills, and vehicle emissions are some of the leading causes of deteriorating air quality. While industrial practices significantly impact air pollution, we, as individuals, also contribute to it. Let us observe this National Pollution Control Day by acknowledging such actions and putting an end to them.

National Pollution Control Day

Observed on December 2nd every year, National Pollution Control Day was introduced to remember the lives lost in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy on December 3rd and 4th in 1984. The leak of Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) in this industrial disaster claimed thousands of lives. The unfortunate event served as a siren call to take air pollution control seriously in India. Hence, we celebrate National Pollution Control Day to raise awareness about improving air quality and controlling the harmful effects of toxic gases.

Actions to reduce air pollution

You can make these lifestyle changes to control the spread of air pollution.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Most single-use items, like plastics, paper, disposable products, etc., accumulate in landfills. Burning them frequently contributes to air pollution. You can change this by giving them a second life through recycling. You may also choose to reduce the use of such items or reuse the already purchased items.

Use private vehicles sparingly

Driving an owned vehicle is convenient. While you enjoy this flexibility, you should not lose sight of the toxic gas emissions released into the atmosphere. You can carpool, use public vehicles for long-distance journeys, switch to bicycles for quick chores, etc., to reduce the use of your personal vehicle.

Conserve energy

Electric appliances and circuits emit greenhouse gases. Industrial plants that manufacture these appliances also deal with fossil fuels. You can change your regular energy consumption habits to reduce the release of fossil fuels into the atmosphere. Switch off the lights, fans, and other electric appliances when not in use and choose energy-efficient equipment.

Avoid burning waste

Most people tend to burn dry leaves and other materials to be rid of them. While burning seems like an easy option, it is highly hazardous. It compromises your safety and your overall well-being in the long run. Instead, you can decompose wet waste and use it for gardening.

Embrace greenery

Little changes in your approach towards the environment significantly impact the air quality. If you have a backyard, consider planting trees and plants that promote healthy air circulation. You may also practice sustainable living habits and limit the purchase of non-degradable toxic elements like plastic.

Combat the Harmful Effects of Air Pollution with Health Insurance

The steps mentioned above can contribute to healthy air quality in the coming years. However, today, air pollution continues to pose health risks. The toxic chemicals and climatic changes in the atmosphere cause detrimental health complications. You cannot predict how and when they might impact your well-being. But you can take precautions by investing in health insurance. Health insurance covers you against the medical expenses incurred for treating various health conditions.

This National Pollution Control Day, seek financial protection with health insurance to combat air-pollution-related health hazards.

Disclaimer: The above information is indicative in nature. For more details on the risk factor, terms and conditions, please refer to the Sales Brochure and Policy Wordings carefully before concluding a sale.

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