Environmental pollution is essentially a human-caused hazard which can occur in many forms. Pollution may affect some or all parts of the environment such as the ground and soil, surface water, sub-surface or underground water (called aquifers) and in the air. All organisms and elements making up this environment are inter-related and damage to one sector will have a knock-on effect on other parts. A clean environment is essential for the well-being of all life on Earth, and thus it is our duty to look after it so that future generations will be able to survive.
Environmental pollution is a ‘slow-onset’ hazard which is not always apparent to the community, and if untreated, can cause harm. Many other hazards can be linked to this phenomenon and their occurrence may even initiate a new problem or expedite the impact of an existing pollution source. Illegal dumping also falls under this category. We therefore need to be environmentally aware to all work together to restore our planet and environment to what it could be.
The climate change debate on numerous global forums has initiated much discussion and awareness around the environmental pollution issue as well, and it now the time for all of us to take the first steps to cleaning up our environment and sustain it into the future.
By drafting your own Family Emergency Plan
and identifying all your risks, including those hazards affecting your own environment, you can make a positive contribution to preparedness.