Pollution is everywhere around us, and it turns out that it can cause much more damage than we previously thought. Journalist Isabelle Oderberg spent years researching the links between Pollution and early pregnancy loss, and what she found is alarming.
Many toxic chemicals, which are byproducts of the fossil fuel industry, agribusiness, and manufacturing, are causing irreversible harm to our bodies, reproductive and hormonal systems, and the biosphere we depend on. Exposure to these chemicals can increase the risk of miscarriage and early pregnancy loss. Furthermore, the effects of Pollution can linger for years, even after the research has concluded, and some chemicals can stay in our bodies forever.
The problem is that many of these chemicals need to be appropriately tested for ill effects, and governments need to do more to regulate them. Agricultural runoff, full of these chemicals, is sliding into our waterways, causing a significant decline in benthic biodiversity. Plastic containers at the supermarket, which proudly bear the label “BPA-free,” contain other dangerous endocrine-disrupting chemicals, such as bisphenol A. And despite knowing about the ill effects of these chemicals for more than 15 years, only last year did big chain supermarkets undertake to remove them from receipts.
The good news is that we can take action to protect ourselves and the planet. We need to demand that governments immediately overhaul the testing and regulation of freely available chemicals in this country. We can also make simple changes to our daily lives to reduce exposure to these chemicals. For instance, avoiding plastic containers, purchasing organic produce, and using natural cleaning products can make a significant difference.
Raising awareness about this issue is essential because ignorance is not bliss. We need to recognize that our world is slowly poisoning every one of us, and we must take action to turn this ship around. Every expert that Oderberg spoke to during her research believed that miscarriage rates are rising and fertility is declining worldwide. Therefore, we must address this issue urgently if we want to protect our future generations.
It’s time to take Pollution seriously, and we must demand that governments take the necessary steps to regulate these dangerous chemicals. We must also make simple changes in our daily lives to reduce our exposure to these toxicants. The time for action is now. Let’s ensure our children and grandchildren have a world to live in.
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