The regulation of air quality is the service that circulates and replenishes the air we breathe. It includes the cycle of gases from animals (inhale O2, exhale CO2) to plants (absorb CO2, emit O2), the removal of toxins, dust and airborne particulates, to provide us and well as all other animals and plants with the gases they require to live.
State of your environment (ecosystem)
Air quality can vary widely depending on the availability, health and vitality of the ecosystems ability to replenish and regulate our air. Some of the air quality regulation issues and actions we can take to remedy these issues are as follows:
Local – Indoor air pollution
Poor indoor air quality can result from a number of causes; insufficient ventilation, toxic chemicals in furnishings and cleaning products as well as dust, mould, second hand smoke and pet hair, to name just a few.
Some actions you can take at home or in your workplace to reduce the need for, or improve the health of, your local ecosystem’s ability to regulate your air quality include:
- Stop Smoking (NEW)
- Remove Indoor Air Pollutants (NEW)
- Use non-toxic cleaning products
- Use plants to remove toxins
Regional and National – Air pollution and toxic product emissions
General air quality, especially in cities, can suffer from emissions produced by transport, heavy machinery, building sites, industry and seasonal allergens (pollens, etc…).
Some of the actions we can take in our daily lives to reduce the need for, or improve the health of, your regional ecosystem’s ability to regulate our air quality include:
- Reduce & Offset Car Emissions
- Ride a Bike
- Lobby to reduce permissible air pollution levels (NEW)
- Use Public Transport
- Buy an Energy Efficient Car
- Buy an Electric Car (NEW)
Global – Nurturing Air quality regulating ecosystem services
In addition to reducing our emission of airborne pollutants, there are many things we can do to nurture Natures natural ability to replenish, clean and re-fresh the air we breathe. Some of these include: