-Mayank Jagdish Patil (Class 8 E student and a Science and Nature enthusiast)
On the eve of India’s 73rd Independence Day, the relevance of Breathe Free – the guiding light for the Nature Club of Don Bosco High School is further amplified. I have drawn inspiration from independence to let the world know how important it is to have pure air around us to ‘breathe free’.
The plant world shows us silently what faithfulness to life consists of. It also helps us to a new beginning, urging us to care for our breath, not only at a physical level but also spiritually. We must, in turn, care for it, opposing a sort of pollution that destroys both our world and that of the plants. The independence to which we must pay the closest attention to is what exists between ourselves and “the lungs of the planet”. The woods that cover the earth offer us the gift of breathable air by releasing oxygen. But their capacity to renew the air polluted by industry has long reached its limits. If we lack the air necessary for a healthy life (or for any kind of life), it is because we have filled it with chemicals and undercut the ability of plants to regenerate it. As we know massive burning of fossil fuels, which are largely the remnants of the past plants, is an explosive recipe for an irreversible disaster.
Pollution is when some harmful substances are added in the environment alter its natural composition. Polluted water or garbage in the water bodies emits gases. These gases are being tapped so that the pollutants don’t re-enter the environment.
Air pollution refers to the conditions in which the existence of toxic substance in the atmosphere, generated by various human activities and natural phenomena such as volcanic eruptions, results in damaging effects on the welfare of human beings and the living environment.
Polluted air puts you at a higher risk for asthma and other respiratory diseases. Air pollution is caused by humans only. Air pollution can result from both human and natural actions.
Let us take an oath now before it is too late, to protect the nature and the air we breathe because it lets us do this freely. It is a legacy we need to secure today for our future generations.