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Friday, June 19, 2009

Most ignore air-quality advisories,report says

According to the a new report, named the "Envionics Research Report", most Canadians do not pay any attention to air-quality advisories issued by Environment Canada for the benefit of Canada's population. The problem seems to be that most people are not aware that an air-quality advisory has been issued. In addition the population of Canada does not seem to be educated in understanding what signs exist to indicate that the air quality outside is poor. Most Canadians understand that poor air quality is a health risk, however according to the report, most have "psychologically acclimated themselves to this hazard. Public understanding of what to do during an air-quality advisory is also cited as a reason for the lack of attention among Canadians to these advisories. The population seem to believe that if an air-quality advisory has been issued. this meaens they should stay indoors, however the population does not understand the need to also alter personal and family routines as a response to the advisory.

To me this indicates that Environment Canada must find ways to inform our population that an air-quality advisory has occurred. This includes using the media, and the internet to give Canadians (especially those who may suffer severe, and even life-threatening symptoms due to exposure to poor quality air) more warnings. Companies could be asked to mention the quality of air that is occurring in a city during the day, to their employees, and some sort of electronic message system could be used to inform the population that an air quality advisory exists.

I have noticed that certain organizations online have been created which will send email to people who subscribe to a list, indicating to the subscriber that a air-quality advisory has been issued in a certain area. For instance this website: http://ysaqmd.enviroflash.org/ does that. This website has been established by the United States Environmental Protection agency.
In Canada, the Government of Ontario has established the website: http://www.airqualityontario.com/reports/summary.cfm, where residents of Ontario can check to see what the air quality is on a daily basis in their living area. It is a matter of education the population regarding the sources of this information so people can go to these sources and then take the necessary precautions if an air quality advisory has been issued in their place of residence.

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Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein



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Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns



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The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.