Air Pollution Is A Big Problem…But Not Too Big

Air Pollution Is A Big Problem…But Not Too Big

September 17th, 2019

Without a doubt, air pollution is a big problem. It’s not only a problem where we live, but statewide, nationwide, all around the globe. Is it too big a problem for individuals to do something about it?

In a word, no.

This is National Pollution Prevention Week, and there are all kinds of ways that we, as individuals, can reduce air pollution. Here are just a few:

• If you have mass transit where you live, consider giving it a try. It’s easier than many people think.


• Summer is winding down, and a backyard fire sounds great. However, wood smoke is very polluting, and it may be blowing into your neighbors’ yards and houses. Have you seen those new gas fire pits that produce much less smoke?


• In Minnesota, we often have a choice at the pump. Ethanol blends like 88 Octane gasoline and E85 burn cleaner than conventional gasoline.


• Light bulbs matter – they really do. The new LED bulbs take much less energy to operate, meaning the transition to cleaner methods of generating electricity can continue on pace.

These are just a few of the ways individuals can reduce pollution not just this week, but all year long. You can find more suggestions at this Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website.