Heavy air pollution and phonic pollution has become a worldwide problem especially in the largest urban areas which considerably affect the health of the individuals living in those big cities. The extreme climate changes and the development of numerous respiratory problems and allergies to the individuals who are exposed on a daily basis to the dramatic results of the negligent human actions on the environment have made the awareness of the importance of being more considerate about the way we treat our Mother Nature spread around the whole world. Not only that the humans started to realize how tragic the effects of their actions are on the environment due to the fact that they are able to see them around in everything that surrounds them, but they also started to feel on their own as the number of health problems has increased considerably in the last few years.
When protecting the environment, we are, in fact, protecting our own health and the health of our loved ones. Starting from a minimalist and individualist level at which every human should realize and be more considerate about the way that his or her actions affect the environment, greater and wider solutions should be found in order to combat the pollution and waste of natural resources. Numerous environmental organizations are trying nowadays to educate and help people understand how they should change their lifestyles in order to reduce the negative effects on our planet. Below you will find urban solutions which could be implemented in urban areas which will have a crucial influence on the reduction of pollution and the damages brought to the environment.
Implement cycling culture
One of the most common problems which lead to heavy pollution, and so, to a low air-quality which we all breathe is the intensive usage of personal cars of the individuals living in large cities which lead to infernal traffic jams. Apart from the fact that by analyzing the problem on an individual level it has numerous negative effects on the people who have to spend numerous hours in their personal cars while commuting or trying to go from a part of the city to another for some personal concerns, when we analyze the bigger picture of the situation, the large amount of emanated gas from the cars stuck in the traffic jams lead to a heavy air pollution. One effective solution which could be implemented in order to reduce the usage of personal cars and, by default, air pollution is to encourage and create a suitable context for a strong cycling culture. Denmark is already one of the countries which have realized how positively influential a powerful cycling culture would be in the cause of protecting the environment and the health of its inhabitants. By implementing urban solutions to encourage the development of cycling culture, the citizens of large cities would be encouraged to renounce at the comfort of their personal cars which provoke heavy air pollution and would be keener on using bicycles instead to travel from a place to another.
Reduce corporate pollution
Another tragic problem which causes the heavy destruction of the environment and the waste of natural sources which Mother Nature offers us is the corporate pollution which seems to be an incredibly difficult situation to manage. The negligence of the actions of the large companies has a huge negative influence on our planet due to the large carbon footprints and natural resources waste. First of all, in order to include the entrepreneurs whose businesses affect the environment in a negative way, the awareness of their consequences should be spread and explained to them. Secondly, by implementing urban solutions, the pollution and damage which the large companies are producing could be reduced. For example, expensive taxes for the emanated carbon footprints or the negligence of not recycling the waste which they produce annually could both be solutions which would encourage the business owners to be more considerate about the way they manage their businesses. The large volume of corporate wastes is disposed of in places where they are never reused or repurposed and only lead to the damage of our environment. Large companies should learn how Scandinavia leads the way in effective waste management and disposal and make partnerships with companies which can provide balers, waste presses and compactors to prepare the waste to go to the recycling process in a more effective way.
Create green spaces
Creating green spaces is another way to reduce the pollution of the air in large cities and protect the health of the citizens. As the world’s pollution continues to grow, the humans continue to cover the green spaces with large cement buildings which cover our most reliable source of fresh and healthy air. Which is why the necessity of implementing urban planning solutions for creating more green spaces in large urban areas has increased considerably. Apart from the health benefits of reducing the pollution and increasing the air-quality of the air we all breathe, green spaces also have an immense positive influence on the mental health of individuals due to the fact that the existence of places where they can relax, spend time in nature, and be in a healthy environment boosts the positivity and wellbeing of any individual.
Not only that the cinematic world has already shown us with movies which show a powerful message of dramatic turnouts which could happen to our planet if we do not start to be more considerate about our actions which affect the environment by damaging the natural resources and polluting the air, but we can also feel the way that our Mother Nature is damaged on a daily basis. From the individual who chooses to throw the waste in the trash can rather than on the beach, street, or in the woods, to the bigger changes which can be made by our governments, corporations, and environmental organizations, we all need to understand and spread the necessity of being more active in the cause of protecting our planet.