Recently an oil drilling platform sustained heavy damage in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida and Louisiana, spilling tons of crude oil, inundating with large spots the entire gulf coast, killing, damaging marine life; also, contaminating all the surrounding waters. The mishaps drew angry clamors from all corners, primarily, the affected states. By no means, this event is an isolated incident, neither is it new. Similar damages are common occurrences off the coast of Alaska, which has so often infuriated environmentalist in the west coast and elsewhere. Despite all, US Government is moving ahead with its project off the cost drilling
These incidents underscore the fact that environment protection is a thorny issue that concerns the public. Hard to protect, the environment is also vulnerable to fortuitous imponderables. That is why people of all walks of life, including politicians and economists, are joining forces with ecological movements the world over. In fact a political parity, « The Greens », has been formed in Europe, which advances the cause of environmentalist. The fact that they are gaining electoral strength in every election underscores the problem.
Environmental pollution is one way modern technology gets rid of toxic wastes. This phenomena attacks mankind wellbeing from several angles. At one time, Air Pollution was a “political issue “and American corporations were levied penalties, or given a prize, depending on being a “good, non-polluting, or a bad contaminating citizens”. But now we learn that pollution reaches us multifold. That is, by air, sea, land and « other exotic means ». Beside the conventional pollution of automobile exhaustion, other and more destructive forms of pollution exist; since they are invisible, they are more difficult to control. These include “Lake Fronts”.
The stagnant waters of a lake create scattered “swampy spots”, which are hospitable habitats for “muddy wild animals”, such as alligators, rattlesnakes and poisonous frogs. Leonora, a close neighbor, confided to me the other day, that her poppy dog, Nicky, a small beadle, ventured to our lake front shores, perhaps to drink water, and was sprinkled by a giant frog with that gluey liquid they squirt. The little animal was rushed to the vet and treated for generalized burns and partial poisoning. Leonora lodged a complaint with the local Home Owners Association, who are now busy trying to find ways to clear the “swamps, lest they risk a major law suit. Well, it turns out that nearby are located a Broward county water and sewage plant that dumps its residual toxic into the lake. In South Florida, it is not uncommon to read the papers or police reports alluding to alligators or snakes biting people or animals that venture near their “swamps”. The problem has become so ubiquitous that is keeping everybody on the alert
Another seemingly odd pollution form is the “Radio Frequency Dust”. There are too many electronic devices around using the “electromagnetic spectrum”, such as radio broadcasting, cell phones, beepers, walkie-talkies and wireless gadgets that release in the form of dust the wasted energy used in operation. So, this “RF dust” turned-ashes, falls to the ground and accumulates in thick, invisible piles. Pedestrians and the push of the wind easily steer up this debris into the air we breathe, clogging our respiratory tracks, thus causing hazards to our health. Presently, there is a new hi-tech company, RF Shielding, Inc., that renders their services to prevent this kind of dusty hazard. They come to homes and install screen devises near electric outlets on the wall to shield off electrical radiation, in a similar fashion as we use protective led shields when we take X rays.
Another by product of polluting technology is Noise Pollution. The sound propagates as air waves do, using electromagnetic energy as its main engine. Engineers and Scientist have established the decibel as a measure of energy content. 1 Decibel being the energy level the human ear can support comfortably; 3 Dibs is the maximum. The trouble is that noise pollution such as sirens, car horns, and train whistles, noise from construction sites and airports, drillings and thundering far exceeds these Decibel limits, and has resulted in damage to our ear. A consortium of national universities is conducting research to determine the relationship between noise pollution and early age deafening. Although the results are still inconclusive, it would be interesting to know to what extend we became “young deaf” as results of noise pollution problem. Actually, we don’t need detailed statistics to start protecting our ears. Noise pollution groups already have protecting procedures in place. It is wise to begin using them
Since the real problem is that any type of pollution poses is an imminent danger to our health, we may be well advised to take precaution now rather than wait from a conclusive research. Because the steaks are high, it is never too late to act. We can simple join an ecological movement in our state or city and report any pollution anomaly to anti-polluting authorities in your community. It is better to prevent than lament. So, now is the time to act.
Please find out the name and phone number of the Anti-Pollution Authorities or Organizations near you. Keep in touch, and always report any pollution anomaly.