I believe in a human right for people to have clean air to breathe in as well as the protection and maintenance of wildlife and the ecosystem. I envision a world where forest fire occurrences are kept at an all-time low as well as a society where everyone is well educated on the negative health consequences of Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5) as well as its negative environmental consequences. I want to start a movement that advocates for awareness of PM2.5. PM2.5 refers to fine particulate matter that is less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter, which often is a result of forest fires. Even with the recent forest fire smoke, I noticed that many people were not wearing masks despite the extremely unsafe levels. I came to realize that not many people were educated on the long-term health effects it possesses as well as the environmental and ecological impacts: namely how PM2.5 can deposit and affect plants, and water quality, as well as contribute to climate change. Furthermore, I wish that the government creates a bill that allocates a separate fund for these environmental educational campaigns, which should not just be limited to PM2.5. For example, I personally did not know that controlled/prescribed burns existed and how they actually can contribute to reducing larger detrimental forest fires. By bringing more awareness, more people can be actively educated on what is going on, which will allow them to take action to protect their health as well as their planet.
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