Aracely Avila


Pollution is the introduction of a contaminant into the environment. Pollution harms the earths environment in many ways, there are three main types of pollution land, air, and water pollution. Every year in the U.S. factories release over 3 million toxic chemicals into the land, air, and water. This is an important issue facing our society today because it causes us to lose over 15 million acres of land every year.It also leads to respiratory complications and other health problems and it makes our rivers and lakes too polluted for us to drink.

Land Pollution

Land pollution is pollution of the Earth’s natural land surface by industrial, commercial, domestic and agricultural activities. In an average day people throw out 200,000 tons of edible food and throw 1 million bushels of litter out their car windows. The main human contributor to land pollution are landfills, approximately half of our trash is disposed in landfills only 2% of our waste is recycled.

Air Pollution

Air pollution is environmental contamination with man-made waste into the air. Every year 335,000 Americans die of lung cancer, which is a direct result of air pollution. The air we breathe is composed of a mixture of gases, 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and a small percentage of other gases like argon, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. Vehicles exhaust contributes to 60% of carbon monoxide emissions in the U.S. and up to 95% in large cities.

Water Pollution

Water pollution occurs when a body of water is affected due to the addition of large amounts of chemical and physical matter. Over 73 different kinds of pesticides have been found in the groundwater that we eventually use to drink. Over 1.1 billion people in the world lack access to clean water. Every year in the U.S. 1.2 trillion gallons of sewage and industrial wastes are discharged into their waters

Help prevent pollution

To help prevent land pollution. Reuse as many items that we can, buy biodegradable products, store all liquid chemicals and waste in spill-proof containers, eat organic foods that are grown without pesticides, use a drip tray to collect engine oil, don’t dump motor oil on the ground.

To help prevent air pollution: Carpool or join with friends and coworkers, don’t smoke, don’t buy products that come in aerosol spray cans, avoid using lighter fluid when barbecuing outside, use a push or electric lawnmower rather than a gas-powered one.

To help prevent water pollution: Don’t throw trash, chemicals or solvents into sewer drains, avoid using pesticides and fertilizers that can run off into water systems, sweep your driveway instead of hosing it down, use non-toxic cleaning materials, clean up oil and other liquid spills with kitty litter and sweet them up, don’t wash paint brushes in the sink