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Environmental
protection and conservation is a personal responsibility for all human beings
because everyone is a part of planet Earth. What one person does to the
environment affects the entire world, despite the distance or what they have
done. The importance of protecting the environment lies in not only the health
of the planet, but also the lives of those living on Earth as well. The way a
person treats their environment can either positively or negatively affect the
quality of the environment they live in. Along with having a harmful impact on
human health, air, water, and land pollution can cause a variety of
environmental problems.

Exposure
to high levels of air pollution can lead to various respiratory diseases and
possibly cancer. Air pollutants include transportation vehicles releasing
carbon monoxide gas, poisonous gases from factories and power plants, and tobacco
smoke from cigars. The constant inhalation of air pollutants is detrimental to human
health because air is needed to live and because humans are always breathing,
they are continuously taking in the toxins and contaminates present in the air.
Smoking is an example of an air pollutant that negatively affects the
environment and the health of the smoker, along with those that are near the
smoker at the time that the cigarette is lit. A smoker easily breathes out over
a thousand toxic chemicals into the air from just one cigarette. In addition to
polluting the air, cigarette smoke is responsible for contaminating and
polluting the land and water. Cigarettes that are left on the ground may pollute
the soil and cause damage to plants. Cigarette butts that end up in water
sources can cause death in marine species through ingestion.

Just
as air is needed for human survival, water is also an important component needed
to survive. Humans need clean water to drink, plants and crops need water for
growth, and marine species need water to live. Water polluted by pollutants
such as lead and pesticides can cause neurological and kidney damage,
reproductive problems, and high blood pressure. Cities and big businesses like
to use rivers, lakes, and oceans as a dumping site for chemicals and waste products.
In addition to this, people like to throw trash and other materials into the
water. Water pollution affects marine life because the fishes are in direct
contact with the water. They are surrounded by the water and either actively
absorb or drink the water. The pollutants in water may result in the extinction
of marine species. Additionally, animals may eat the contaminated fish and
drink the contaminated water. The toxin then moves up the food chain, affecting
many animals because of the chemicals and pollutants in the water. Seafood is
an important staple in human diet and if the aquatic species are infected with
harmful chemicals, the pollutant will be passed onto the human body, allowing
for disease and death to take place. Humans may also drink the contaminated
water, leading to diarrhea and more serious diseases.

Land
pollution affects human health, spreads disease from landfill sites, pollutes
the soil, and interferes with atmospheric balance. Most of the trash that
humans throw out is recyclable but there is only a small percentage that is actually
recycled. Plastic waste is one of the top recyclable items and it contains
formaldehyde, which is dangerous to human health. Cancer, skin diseases, and
birth defects are among some of the illnesses associated with plastic waste. Because
there is a small percentage of plastic waste being recycled than there should
be, there is a lot more waste that contain dangerous chemicals that have access
to polluting the soil as well as increase the size of landfill sites, and
therefore increase the spread of disease from insects, rodents, and birds that
roam around the landfill sites. Furthermore, land pollution may lead to deforestation.
Deforestation ruins the habitat of animal species and cuts down the oxygen supply
that those trees would have provided if they were still up and standing.