Raise awareness on pollution inequality

Raise awareness on pollution inequality

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Low-income communities are typically holding the most African American residents, which then leads to the typical stereotype that people of color are poor. This then leads to pollution inequality, a problem that has been around for the longest time and has yet to be resolved since its beginnings.

Pollution inequality mostly affects those who are within a community that lacks a high average profit, for then they are presumably forced to live within a polluted locale that affects them negatively, more so than those who live within a high-income community. Those who live within high-income communities are typically non-Hispanic whites, which then leads to them having more of a resistance against the pollution being emitted from both themselves and the low-income communities.

This pollution is created primarily by human activities, such as burning fossil fuels and agriculture, and is labeled as PM2.5. This is referred to as atmospheric particulate matter (PM) that have a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers, which is about 3% of human hair. PM2.5 is an air pollutant that is dangerous to communities of low-income especially, for they are polluted enough to create them in large amounts.

Based off of Bliss Air's own findings, "since they are so small and light, fine particles tend to stay longer in the air than heavier particles. This increases the chances of humans and animals inhaling them into the bodies. Owing to their minute size, particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers are able to bypass the nose and throat and penetrate deep into the lungs and some may even enter the circulatory system."

"Studies have found a close link between exposure to fine particles and premature death from heart and lung disease. Fine particles are also known to trigger or worsen chronic disease such as asthma, heart attack, bronchitis and other respiratory problems."

This can also be followed up by how the pollution inequality actually works.

Drawing information from USA Today's article confronting the matter of this situation, 

"Blacks and Hispanics disproportionately breathe air that's been polluted by non-Hispanic whites, according to a study. This new research quantifies for the first time the racial gap between who causes air pollution – and who breathes it. 

"'Pollution is disproportionately caused by whites, but disproportionately inhaled by black and Hispanic minorities," the study said.'"

"Poor air quality remains the largest environmental health risk in the United States, the study warns. In fact, with 100,000 deaths per year, more Americans die from air pollution than car crashes and murders combined."

These pieces of evidence highlight that the pollution itself is primarily caused by whites, concerning the idea that the pollution is primarily created from things such as fossil fuels and car engines and whatnot.

High-income communities have more access to use these things, therefore allowing the pollution to make them somewhat resilient against it, for they experience 17% less air pollution than they actually cause. On the other hand, blacks experience 56% more than they create and Hispanics experience 63% more than they create; this highlights the disproportional relationship of how the pollution is split between different races, and why it should be addressed to prevent the large amount of deaths caused by the unequal distribution of air pollution.

This is important due to the air distribution highly affecting those within a society; for example, depending on how society has molded this issue over time compared to how it has been beforehand, a non-white could have a slightly higher chance of ending up within a polluted area rather than an area that non-Hispanic whites typically reside in.

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