Posts Tagged ‘air pollution’
Editor’s note: The following excerpt is from Diane MacEachern’s book, “Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World.” We like the book for its organized information (segemented by categories from personal-care products to appliances and electronics), product/company reviews and easy-to-follow suggestions for greener living … and although it targets women consumers and readers, we found most of the content equally guy-friendly and relevant.
From the moment we get up in the morning until the moment we go to bed, we depend on energy to maintain our busy schedules. Just flick a switch or push a button. Alarm clocks and coffeepots buzz to life. Toasters and TVs feed us body and (occasionally) brain. Hair dryers and dishwashers whir, computers and Cuisinarts stir.
It’s so easy we probably aren’t even aware that we’re using energy, let alone how it affects the planet. Take electricity. Creating kilowatts is the leading cause of industrial air pollution in the United States. Most of our electricity comes from coal, and it leaves its mark not only on our well-lit households, but also in the smog, soot, acid rain, particulate matter, and other air pollutants that cause asthma and have been linked to increased heart disease among women. When we shift to power-saving strategies at home, we’re standing up for cleaner air and our right to breathe it.
Abating electricity demand also helps moderate global warming. US households produce 21 percent of the country’s global-warming pollution. That’s more than the entire heat-trapping output of the United Kingdom, according to Phillips Electronics and Environmental Defense.