1. Use Public Transportation
Encourage greater use of public transport by supporting the Metro, overhead rail, bus services and auto rickshaws to make it convenient for people to travel by public transport affordably and safely instead of using their own vehicles. Use your personal vehicle a lot less often. Vehicles are major contributory factors for increasing air pollution at the global level.
2. More CNG vehicles
Studies have shown that CNG4 is much more environment friendly in terms of carbon emissions and pollutants like SO2. Running car on green fuel will help to keep a check on air pollution in cities where the use of vehicles are primarily responsible for deteriorating air quality.
3. Car pooling
Car-pooling cuts down on the number of cars and vehicles on the road. Fewer cars means there is less carbon and other gases and pollution getting into the air. This protects the environment by keeping the air cleaner.
4. Conserve energy
We should buy efficient appliances to use energy saving bulbs that consume less electricity. The less energy we all use, the lower our demand is on our use of power, which means less pollution. We should give up careless habits while using electricity and embrace good habits like switching off all the electrical appliances, fans, ACs, bulbs and tube lights, when leaving our room or office. Using fluorescent lighting and purchasing only energy-saving appliances, is a good option to reduce air pollution.
5. Drive Smartly
If you are driving on a regular basis, make sure that you are driving smart instead of wasting gas. Drive within the speed limit, make sure that there are not a lot of things in your car that will weigh it down, and do all that you can to conserve the amount of gas that you will be using on a regular basis.
6. Do regular Vehicle Check Up
It is important for you to have a regular check up of your vehicle to make sure it does not consume extra fuel. This will not only save your money but your vehicle will also last longer and thereby reduce level of pollution.
7. Keep Tires of vehicle properly Inflated
Vehicles consume more fuel when tires are not properly inflated and aligned. This will lessen your impact on the environment.
8. Say A Complete No-No To Bonfires & Crackers
Crackers and bonfire contribute to extensive air pollution in short duration. To understand more, read Diwali fireworks worsen Delhi’s hazardous air pollution5. So we should avoid it in order to reduce air pollution.
9. Burning waste
Burning garbage that includes plastics and electronics is the cause of most of air pollution. 29 percent of toxic, lung-affecting particles called PM 2.5 comes from burning garbage. Five percent of man-made carbon dioxide and 10 percent of mercury emissions comes from lighting trash on fire. To know the effects and solution of open burning, click here6.
10. Use bicycles
Each year millions of people die all around the world due to different pollution related problems. The key to live a healthy life is to identify the sources of air pollution and implement practical ways so that you can help to reduce air pollution. Hopefully we have been able to create awareness about how to reduce air pollution.
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