We are all aware that wealthy nations face pollution problems but often we tend to disregard how impoverished states fare in their environmental quality. Impoverished countries do not have the funds to deal with the problems caused by pollution and so they are far worst off. In the state of California we have implemented a plastic bag ban for major grocer outlets that went into effect starting on the 1st of 2014 (this year) which will greatly reduce our carbon footprint as well as generate environmentally conscious movements to further conserve our environment.
Ever since the industrial revolution we have rapidly been disregarding the well-being of our home planet. The industrial machine has and continues to cause pollution in relation to air, water and land.
According to an article on infactcollaborative, the world generates more than 4 billion tons of industrial waste (which enters our oceans and rivers) each year. They have also stated more than 15,000 people die each year due to water pollution.
According to the ILO, air pollution plagues developing countries not just from stack emissions of pollutants but also small-scale factories. In Cubatao, Brazil a case study had shown out of 480 primary school students 55.3% had been effected by low pulmonary function due to air pollution.
The ILO also stated the adverse effects of water and soil pollution, developing nations take the pollutants of developed nations and these hazardous pollutants cause health problems for the local populations of countries such as Thailand and Nigeria.
One of the main movements in stopping environmental pollution is research into finding renewable energy. By stopping the use of fossil fuels and getting people to utilize renewable, clean energy sources we can save lives and our planet.