Lauren Carlstrom, O+ Team Member |
The air we breathe: It’s invisible, but it can be poisonous, dangerous, even deadly. Plus, air pollution and poor air quality is a bigger problem than you may believe – affecting the majority of the world’s population both indoors and outdoors. This alarming reality should arose you to a state of anger – and moreover, into a place of taking action.
Perhaps the initial step in working toward curtailing air pollution is to assess the current state of the air we breathe. We have to know what’s out there – in our atmosphere.Here is a brief rundown of the facts, sourced from a recent article in The Guardian (Harvey) that highlights reports from the World Health Organization (WHO), the organization that establishes the levels of air pollution deemed safe, as well as a global study conducted by the Health Effects Institute:
According to the American Lung Association's annual "State of the Air" report, which considered pollution levels from 2014 to 2016, “133 million Americans — more than four of 10 — live with unhealthful levels of air pollution, placing them at risk for premature death and other serious health effects such as lung cancer, asthma attacks, cardiovascular damage and developmental and reproductive harm” (Doyle).
Now that we’re aware the invisible danger is out there, let’s elevate our IQ about what it’s doing to our minds and bodies, not to mention (at least in this article) planet earth.
While the major life-shortening effects of air pollution are frightening, the way toxic air impacts growing children is particularly disturbing. In his article in The Guardian’s ‘Air pollution linked to increased mental illness in children,’ Damian Carrington states, “Relatively small increases in air pollution were associated with a significant increase in treated psychiatric problems. It is the first study to establish the link but is consistent with a growing body of evidence that air pollution can affect mental and cognitive health and that children are particularly vulnerable to poor air quality.”
Yes, breathing Oxygen Plus recreational oxygen canisters can help mitigate a person’s exposure to particulate matter in the atmosphere. And yes, if you or someone you know is going to be in an environment with poor air quality, the suggestion to buy oxygen in can from Oxygen Plus is a smart one. However, the mission of Oxygen Plus – which is to make a significant contribution to the well-being of humankind – is the heartbeat of the company. O+ Founder, Christine Warren, wanted to do something to help people gain unrestricted access to breathe well. The product was recreational oxygen, however the purpose was – and remains to be – the right or ability for people to breathe easy. So, in addition to producing a quality oxygen product that affords people the ability to breathe pure oxygen on-demand, Oxygen Plus is dedicated to elevating awareness and furthering the proven solutions related to the clean air crisis. This is no secret, and hopefully, it’s something people will see with more and more visibility.
Armed with the truth about how the toxic air we breathe is causing people harm, we now need to grow our collective, global consciousness surrounding air pollution, so we are no longer shocked, but rather, catapulted into action. To that end, we – at Oxygen Plus – now ask you – the living, breathing human being reading these words – to share this article with your friends, family and social media platforms. Again, we ask: Share this article. Play your part. It’s a small part, yes, but one that fulfills the call to care for our world – the one in which we are blessed to breathe.
Harvey, Fiona. The Guardian. More than 95% of world's population breathe dangerous air, major study finds. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/17/more-than-95-of-worlds-population-breathe-dangerous-air-major-study-finds. April 17, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
2018 World Health Organization Report. 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air, but more countries are taking action.http://www.who.int/news-room/detail/02-05-2018-9-out-of-10-people-worldwide-breathe-polluted-air-but-more-countries-are-taking-action. May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
Carrington, Damian. The Guardian. The war against air pollution has begun – and it will be fought in cities. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/feb/13/war-air-pollution-fought-cities. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
Carrington, Damian. The Guardian. Air pollution linked to increased mental illness in children. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/13/air-pollution-linked-to-increased-mental-illness-in-children. June, 13, 2016. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
Doyle, Rice. USA Today. California has eight of 10 most polluted U.S. cities. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/04/18/california-has-eight-10-most-polluted-u-s-cities/524815002/. April 20, 2018. Retrieved May 24, 2018.