Visual Pollution

What benefits does a positive visual environment have?

Studies from expert Marshall Shepherd show that...

“The discovery that urban environments can create their own storms and rainfall: Not new at all,” says J. Marshall Shepherd, a researcher at the University of Georgia who is an expert in urban meteorology. Expert Marshall Shepherd shows his studies found that heat, pollution, and skyscrapers in big cities can create their own thunderstorms. Is this a big problem?
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Prevent visual pollution and be a health advocate by...

Trying to make an effort to find a trash can rather than throwing your trash on the ground! Inside a building, add color by decorating it with plants or photographs. Outdoors, create a garden, place a bird feeder in your tree, and make sure to mow your yard and keep it uncluttered. Overall in your community, you could start or join a clean-up campaign, plant trees and flowers, or do yard work that older citizens can't do. Your good actions could encourage others to do the same.

Example of visual pollution all over the world or just in your own community:

Graffiti can be used for art, but when it is used in a harmful way it's an example for negative visual pollution or vandalism.

How does visual pollution effect someones health?

Having a negative visual environment can hurt your emotional and mental health by making you feel uncomfortable or stressed, and could cause distractions that hurt you mentally. A positive visual environment is when your surroundings are appealing to you, and well cared for area. It makes you feel happy, more productive, motivates you, relieves stress, improves social health, helps you focus and concentrate. A negative visual environment would be a not so appealing area. Graffiti on the walls, littering, uncut weeds, and badly cared for buildings. This could cause you to feel stressed or distracted and could hurt your emotional and mental health.

More examples of negative visual pollution all over the world

Haze is a greyish-brownish cloud that is caused by pollutants and limits the ability to see distant objects. It covers many beautiful national parks in the U.S and is a huge concern for the future. The pollution causing the haze is also a concern for respiratory health of both humans and animals. Another detriment to our visual pollution of viewing the beautiful rolling hills, mountains, or rustic village are billboards, power lines, cell towers, and even ugly buildings.

Works Cited


"Heat, Pollution, and Skyscrapers Make Cities Have More Thunderstorms | WIRED." Wired.com. Conde Nast Digital, 18 Feb. 15. Web. 14 Apr. 2015.

Meeks, Linda. "Unit 10." Glencoe Health & Wellness. Student Ed. S.l.: McGraw Hill/Glencoe, 2008. 615-16. Print.

Stapleton, Richard M. "Pollution Issues." Visual Pollution. Richard M. Stapleton, n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.

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