Every human being creates pollution through our daily rubbish and water waste. With over six billion humans on the planet we are producing phenomenal quantities of waste which are ending up in our soils, our oceans, our atmosphere and our bodies and those of other living organisms. We are eating foods that have been, in the main, grown and sprayed with pesticides which carry chemicals that enter the food chain.
The problem with pesticides
Scientists have found that around one third of food in the UK alone contains pesticide residues and 300 man-made chemicals have been found in human bodies. Pesticides which are used worldwide to reduce diseases and pest damage, have been finding their way into the environment, our bodies, and domestic and wild animals throughout the last century and continue to do so today. Because of the long term effects, humans and wildlife are even suffering contamination from chemicals no longer in production. In fact entire communities and ecosystems around the world, both human and wildlife, have absorbed chemicals from the air, water and food which are altering and damaging immune systems, reproduction, hormones, and even mental development.
Research has shown that in Europe, otters, 'common' birds and birds of prey have been affected by pesticides and industrial chemicals that have been found in their tissues, damaging their immune systems and altering the thickness of the egg shells of bird populations. American bald eagles and birds in North America are also affected. Chemicals have been related to miscarriages in humans, land and sea animals. Instances of pollution-related deformities have been found in panthers, alligators, polar bears and dolphins.
There is currently insufficient protection for the health of humans and wildlife. There needs to be an improvement of chemical regulation nationally and globally, stipulating that chemical manufacturers should have to test and prove that their chemicals are safe before going onto the open market. Currently, chemicals which are damaging humans, wildlife and the environment are poorly regulated and consumers are not being informed of the potential risks.
Where does all our rubbish go?
Other forms of pollution, over which we as individuals have more control, are the sheer mountains of non-biodegradable waste that are being buried in land fills or cluttering up parts of the world as diverse as rivers, oceans and even the Poles! Imagine where all the plastic bags and bottles, boxes, old cars, tyres, shoes, clothes, food packaging, old furniture, old washing machines, fridges, and other household waste is all ending up - then imagine the number of people round the world who are creating pollution, as each of us does - and ask where does it all go? If we are concerned about the planet we live on now, and subsequent generations, we need to reduce our waste, reduce pollution and recycle as much as possible to give our planet and its inhabitants a future!