Pollution can be loosely defined as anything that upsets or contaminates our ecosystem. There are many types of pollution that our mother earth is currently dealing with. If pollution weren’t a problem earth would’ve been a much better place to live in. Every year a substantial amount of money is spent on battling the havocs of pollution. Not only that, pollution is also vastly responsible for a number of ailments.
One of the most important types of pollution is water pollution. It largely stems from industrial and sewage waste being dumped into large bodies of water such as lakes and rivers. Chemicals and toxins from industrial waste cause excessive harm to fish and marine life. When the same fish is eventually consumed by humans it can lead to grave consequences. In the past there have been many cases of mercury poisoning that were caused by contaminated fish. If clean drinking water gets contaminated by sewage water it can lead to a number of harmful waterborne diseases.
Another considerable type of pollution is noise pollution which stems from loud honking of vehicles, overhead planes, heavy machinery and music being played at a high volume. Noise pollution disrupts peace and quiet that is sought by many people. Often times it becomes the source of undue stress and headaches. It can also result in interruption of work or loss of concentration. This can consequently lead to poor performance at school or work and even a diminished quality of life.
Air pollution has also garnered more than sufficient worry in recent years. With the ever-increasing amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, significant climatic changes are taking place globally. Sea levels have risen enormously due to icebergs melting rapidly with increasing temperatures. Worldwide temperatures have become harsher than before with stringent winters and scorching summers. In several parts of the world air pollution has contributed vastly to acid rain which consequently resulted in damage of historic buildings and roads.
If pollution is not kept under control, large parts of our planet earth may soon become inhabitable. It is in our best interest that our planet be treated with the care and respect that it deserves. Even tiny steps such as planting a tree and recycling and proper disposal of garbage can make a phenomenal difference. It is true that we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.