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Pollution today is probably one of the most-frequently-used words in the world. It is a word used by those who know the meaning of pollution to those who use it just for the “heck” of it, from small children to leaders of nations. But then, what is pollution? Why is the word gaining in popularity? Well firstly, pollution is the contamination of the natural environment by synthetically produced contaminants that affect the ecosystem. Secondly, it is because pollution is one of the major growing concerns of the world today.
The greed of being at the top of the food chain has caused us to advance our technologies to feed our greed resulting in contaminating the natural resources. We have not spared any natural resource – be it water, air, or even land. Everything is polluted. The main reason for pollution can be credited to urbanization and industrialization. Both urbanization and industrialization have brought about waste. This waste has to be “thrown away”. So we use dump yards like allotted places (which are already brimming and over-flowing), rivers, lakes, seas and oceans.
The waste making up the landfills are usually synthetic components that degenerate releasing a lot of toxins on a very long span of time. Owing to this we have polluted our air, water and even land. This pollution is now affecting us and our next generations. We are smart at putting the blame on the others, not realizing that if we tackle our small wastes and try to check our personal pollution at home, we are doing our small part in trying to save the earth – after all every drop of water, makes the mighty ocean.