SAVE OUR COUNTRY: STOP POLLUTION IN THE PHILIPPINES
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Pollution is one the environmental issues in the Philippines today. It is a serious and growing problem throughout the world today. Pollution is the contamination of the earth's environment with materials that interfere with human health, the quality of life, and natural functioning of living things and their surroundings. Pollutants, the components of pollution, can be either foreign substances/energies or naturally occurring contaminants. In 2015, pollution killed 9 million people in the world. There are 3 kinds of pollution in the Philippines:
1. Water Pollution
2. Air Pollution
3. Land Pollution
The Pasig River in the Philippines suffers from a high level of water pollution and efforts are being made to rehabilitate it. Although water resources have become scarce in some regions and seasons, the Philippines as a whole has more than enough surface and groundwater. However, neglecting to have a coherent environmental policy has led to the contamination of 58% of the groundwater in the Philippines. The main source of pollution is untreated domestic and industrial wastewater. Only one third of Philippine river systems are considered suitable for public water supply. It is estimated that in 2025, water availability will be marginal in most major cities and in 8 of the 19 major river basins. Besides severe health concerns, water pollution also leads to problems in the fishing and tourism industries. Today Boracay island in the Philippines suffers water pollution from the sewage systems that connected from the hotel establishments that goes thru to our beautiful island and makes the color of the water into black and green.
Due to industrial waste and automobiles, Manila suffers from air pollution, affecting 98% of the population. Annually, the air pollution causes more than 4,000 deaths. Ermita in Manila is most air polluted district due to open dump sites and industrial waste. Air pollution occurs when harmful substances including particulates and biological molecules are introduced into Earth's atmosphere. It may cause diseases, allergies and also death of humans; it may also cause harm to other living organisms such as animals and food crops, and may damage the natural or built environment. Human activity and natural processes can both generate air pollution.
According on a news in 2014, Baguio City has topped a list of Philippine cities with the most polluted air, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) study.
A report on "24 Oras" cited data from the WHO study setting the guideline limit at 10 micrograms of particulate matter per cubic meter of the Philippine cities included in the study, Baguio City was the most pollution-prone with 49 micrograms per cubic meter of air. Manila and Cebu came in second and third with 22 micrograms per cubic meter each. At least seven million people may have died from air pollution in 2012, the report said. With the study showing health risks caused by air pollution, the WHO called for greater awareness of health risks caused by air pollution.
Land pollution can be caused by contact with contaminated areas, like polluted water ways or acid rain created from air pollution. This pollution can spread in the other direction so that polluted land has a negative impact on surrounding environments. Land pollution that contaminates soil can also contaminate waterways. Contaminated water that evaporates into the atmosphere can fall back to the earth as acid rain, causing the cycle of contamination and pollution to continue.
Our mission is to lessen and to stop pollution in the Philippines. Saving our country is like saving our own habitat.
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