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REDUCE OUTDOOR AIR POLLUTION
Learn about outdoor air pollution, why non-fossil fuel transportation and products are important to reduce outdoor air pollution, and find actionable outdoor air quality and money-saving tips to reduce your eco and carbon footprints.
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How to Reduce Outdoor Air Pollution
Outdoor Air Pollution Reduction - Behavior Changes
Changing your transportation habits is the other component to reducing outdoor air pollution. These habit changes can be done in different levels.
Below is a list of outdoor air pollution reduction tips – from the easiest “low hanging fruit” methods (lighter-colored boxes), to more complex or up-front-cost methods (darker-colored boxes below) – that may have long-term environmental, health and financial savings. I encourage you to review these tips, pick some to use, and take the Outdoor Air Pollution Reduction Challenge below.
If you want more tips and ideas, check out the Outdoor Air Quality blog posts that are continually added for your convenience.
Level 1 (Easy Peasy)
Outdoor Air Quality - Conscious Consumerism
CORR Concepts is doing the home work for you to take the guesswork out of alternative transportation options and other outdoor air quality products. Click the button below to be taken to the outdoor air quality third-party certifier list and ever-growing list of alternative transportation options and outdoor air quality products you can use to lower your eco and carbon footprints and save money.
Take the Outdoor Air Pollution Reduction Challenge!
Take the CORR Concepts “Outdoor Air Pollution Reduction Challenge” by doing:
1. For those of you who drive a combustion engine vehicle (let’s face it – that’s most of us), take the pledge to turn off your engine when your car is parked (e.g., while texting or talking on the phone). Get others to take this pledge as well!
2. Pick at least one more of the Outdoor Air Pollution Reduction Initiatives and implement them into your everyday life. Periodically, go back to remeasure your Ecological and/or Carbon Footprint to see if you’ve lowered your score. Keep adding more Outdoor Air Pollution Reduction Initiatives to your daily life to keep reducing your footprint(s)!
3. Share this webpage with at least one person so that the sustainability message will spread and enrich and benefit us all.
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So, What is Outdoor Air Pollution and Its Alternative?
When there is a mode of transportation or a product that relies on burning fossil fuels (petroleum, coal, natural gas), it emits dangerous greenhouse gases (GHGs) – carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide – into our atmosphere producing dangerous air pollution.
Unfortunately, the most popular form of transportation is a fossil-fuel burning product: the combustion engine vehicle. In 2018, there were over 250 million registered vehicles in the U.S. alone. Vehicles of which the majority are undoubtedly running on fossil fuels that produce car pollution that negatively impacts our environment and health.
Sustainable transportation is any type of transportation (land, water, air) that does not negatively impact our environment, society or economy.
Therefore, sustainable transportation is a clean alternative to fossil-fuel transportation able to promote a healthy environment into the future. Examples of alternative transportation that is sustainable is walking, biking, or transportation that uses clean, renewable energy sources. Likewise, electronic products, like electric weed trimmers and lawnmowers, are a clean alternative to fossil fuel-based lawn equipment.
Many benefits exist to reducing the amount of fossil fuels used, especially in the Transportation sector. The good news is that there are ways you can help now. You can individually implement methods of reducing your toxic product usage through your daily actions and through products you use.
Little to big methods of change implemented individually can culminate to major, positive results towards reducing negative impacts on our environment.
Why is it Important to Reduce Outdoor Air Pollution?
We have based our most popular forms of transportation on fossil fuel reliance. As we know, scientist have confirmed the burning of fossil fuels and the subsequent release of greenhouse gases cause global warming. Unfortunately, terrible human health and climate change side effects are also becoming increasingly familiar.
Human health impacts are seen in the forms of cancer or increased asthma cases, to name a couple.
Climate change alone produces increased hurricane and flooding occurrences, melting ice glaciers, sea level rise, coral reef depletion, and drought, to only name a few.
The increase in human health issues cause higher medical and insurance costs, not to mention the stress and distress of taking care of failing loved ones.
The side effects from climate change also have financial, emotional and psychological impacts to humans, such as home loss, human migrations, increased dependency on bottled water, increased insurance rates, loss of businesses and income, home rebuilding costs, etc.
To recap, greenhouse gases negatively affect our environment, thereby negatively impacting our society and economy. It’s a viscous cycle that will not end until we reduce, and eventually end, our use of fossil fuels and change our current modes of transportation (and other product use) to cleaner, renewable forms of energy.
In that vein, it’s beneficial to take a look at what sectors produce the most greenhouse gases. The EPA chart below shows that the Transportation Sector accounted for 29% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2017.
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