What? We Kinda' Caused the Haze?

by SuperMario
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What? We Kinda' Caused the Haze?

Yes. We did. We as individuals contribute to the haze mainly through the usage of products that contribute to the emission of pollutants causing the hazeOne such example is through the purchase of items made using palm oil and paper. This leads to the large-scale expansion of palm oil and paper production. This uncontrollably cause fire, possibly from the burning of the palm oil. It also encourages deforestation, peat drainage and land conflict which lead to Sumatra losing more than 55% of its natural forest. This explains why producing palm oil and paper is unsustainable because it causes long-term harm to the environment and people. A high demand for palm oil has lead to the expansion of the palm oil industry. Note that palm oil is used in many products and those products made from vegetable oil comes from palm oil actually. The production of palm oil increased by 400% from 1990 to 2011We also use and throw away paper everyday. In 2014, Singapore generated 1.27 million tonnes of paper and cardboard waste, equivalent to about 50,000 sheets of paper per person. When we as consumers buy unsustainable palm oil and paper products, we are encouraging deforestation. Once again, fire is usually used for slash-and-burn deforestation which release particles that pollute the air in order to make space for palm oil plantationThus, we as an individual can buy recycled paper products to discourage the manufacturing of new paper. We can also buy products certified as made using sustainable palm oil. We must most importantly know the link between the product we buy and the increase in palm oil plantation.

What? We Kinda' Caused the Haze?

Before we understand how we can help reduce the haze, let's find out what is contained in the haze. The haze consists of Sulfur Dioxide, Particulate Matter, Ozone, Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide.One way to reduce the haze is to avoid using vehicles. Vehicles emit Particulate Matter, Nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide! In fact, motor vehicles contribute to 0.1% of the sulfur dioxide pollution in Singapore. Note thata this does not include the usage of fuel.Because of this, the National Environmental Agency ban vehicles that emit visible smoke while on use on the road as well as the idling of vehicles(leaving the engine of a vehicle on despite not driving it)Thus, as an individual, we can avoid using motor vehicles; we can travel using the public transports in Singapore. If you really need a motor vehicle, try to buy one that does not emit so much pollutants. Also, try to car pool, meaning share vehicles so that not so much pollutants is released.

Knowing some of the individual efforts to reduce the haze, I realise that we as an individual, can do just a bit to help millions of people. The haze is affecting multiple countries which means millions are affected. As a citizen, we should avoid complaining that he haze is affecting our lifes but rather we should try to prevent the haze as much as we can. We should try to be as responsible as possible, for it is not just us suffering because of our unsustainable habits, but it is the whole South East Asians who are suffering

I chose this box because this is related to a real-life problem we face from time to time-the haze. I am quite interested to know how I as an individual can help minimise the haze




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