Today, we hear all about waste in rivers and oceans. However, one has to wonder: what are the extremes of water pollution? How important is this problem? Can the average person take actions that would abate the issue?
Water pollution has been suggested to be one of the world’s leading causes of death through diseases and illness. People in all corners of the world depend on this resource. The need for drinkable water is a common thread for all of humanity. Therefore, every person must do their part to keep oceans, seas, lakes, and reservoirs as clean as possible. Water pollution can occur in the simplest ways. Littering, oil spills, fertilizers, and others can become enemies of Mother Nature.
One topic that worries environmentalists is water deterioration. Water deterioration is the depletion of freshwater. We can always clean water but did you know only 2.5% of water on earth is freshwater? Water pollution affects sea life, drinking water, and inhibits microorganism growth in plants. Pollution prevention is not hard. With just a few changes in your daily life, you can make a major difference. Here is some environmentally conscious advice:
Turn off the faucet when it is not in use. A standard faucet uses two to three gallons of water per minute.
Use harmful pesticides and fertilizers sparingly. These substances already pose a major threat to your health. To make matters worse, the chemicals in your yard can run off into your water source.The whole neighborhood can be affected.
When you have free time, create a garden of diverse plants. The more plants the less runoff of fertilizer and pesticides. They are an excellent buffer against substances that would hurt the environment.
Last but not least, understand even the smallest things can make a negative impact on the environment. Everyday objects such as nails, gum, and tissues are considered litter. Be responsible and dispose of these items properly. It is important to maintain waterways, and everyone has to aware of how their actions can make a change for the better or for the worse.
Till next time,
Youth Council member Daryl Burton