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Strive to make air clean for your own success, growth

Inasmuch as our being alive is linked to air quality; we are doing very little at our individual level to keep this life-line clean so that it can improve our quality of life in return.

Strive to make air clean for your own success, growth

A section of Industrial Area in Nairobi. The air in the city is so polluted that it may be causing serious ailments including heart and lung diseases as well as cancer. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU

The food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe determine our health. Maybe the food and water are tangible and a lot has already been said about the two. Even with our senses we may be able to a certain degree tell what is and what isn’t good for our bodies. Air on the other hand is intangible and likely to rank low in terms of suspicion index among the public yet everyone that is alive needs a breath with every passing second. Inasmuch as our being alive is linked to air quality; we are doing very little at our individual level to keep this life-line clean so that it can improve our quality of life in return.Global warming is a direct result of air pollution especially by industries that use fossil fuel in production.The resultant destruction of the ozone layer has been blamed for an increase in cancer of the skin. Air pollution has also been linked to breast and respiratory system cancers.

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According to the World health Organisation (WHO) air pollution causes one in nine deaths worldwide.In Africa it is estimated that 600,000 people die annually from air pollution related ailments. The UN has been on the forefront in championing the importance of keeping our air clean and has termed the continued air pollution as a silent killer in Africa.Air pollution is caused by the emission of harmful gases and minute particles into the atmospheric air. These pollutants harm the ecosystem onto which our livelihoods are anchored.Air pollution is primarily a sin of commission by humanity and thus the lasting solution to this problem also lies squarely with humanity.Air is a natural resource endowed to everyone and it is one that we should all endeavour to keep clean for our own good.The government is doing its bit through development and enforcement of anti-air pollution laws. But the government still cannot be everywhere to rein in air polluters.It is a documented fact that most of the air pollution is caused by burning of fossil fuels to produce electricity or to power industrial plants and motor vehicles. Transport is at the core of modern society; it is an inevitable economic activity that we all undertake on a daily basis.Take a walk on the road and count how many times you will spot a smoking car. It will perhaps cover several kilometres polluting the air.I pity those jogging or the athletes that use the side roads. The amount of polluted air they inhale is unimaginable.When Charles Njonjo was Attorney General there were regulations on the punishment of smoking vehicles due to faulty engines. This should be revisited. The Ministry of Environment should also take up this matter before it is too late.Increasing urbanisation has further put a strain on infrastructure and impacted negatively on the Air Quality Index.In as much as the Kenyan government is trying to ensure clean air, it is imperative that at individual levels we work towards making the air clean.Taking good maintenance of our cars and planting trees are a simple contribution we can do on our part.

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