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One of the best ways to fight poor air quality is to attack the problem at its source. Air pollution can be caused by a number of factors, including carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from transportation, burning of fossil fuels, climate change, forest fires, and natural disasters.
While it’s impossible to stop a natural disaster and extremely difficult and time-consuming to clean up after one, it is possible to deal with the other sources of pollution mentioned.
Involve yourself in the community
Encourage community participation to clean public parks, beaches, schools, and government buildings. Staying active in your community is essential because combating global warming and pollution is a team effort. Raise your concerns with your local government, as government policies have a big impact on community planning.
The "Three R’s"
You can help reduce air pollution in the long-run by following the “Three R’s” cycle: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Conserving energy and switching to green-friendly products are just a few ways you can implement this routine.
Indoor air is 3-5 times worse than outdoor air. Now imagine having 3-5 times worse indoor air quality in a city with already horrible air pollution. The following tips are ways to take control of your indoor air quality.
Keep air vents clean
Start by keeping your air vents clean and up-to-date. The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends getting your air ducts cleaned every three to five years.
Clean your house routinely as dust and other allergens can build up and irritate your lungs. Cities with especially bad air pollution produce excess smog and chemical build-up in the home. Dusting, vacuuming, and opening windows to circulate the air can help prevent these irritants from affecting your family.
Implementing these tips in your home and your community can make your polluted city liveable. Take extra care of those who suffer most from bad air, which are young children, the elderly, and those with respiratory diseases such as asthma or COPD. To learn more about government air laws, visit EPA’s Pollution Prevention Law and Policies.