More reasons for us to plant trees
In this post-apocalyptic world that has become our reality, climate change and rising pollution levels are altering how we live. India has become home to some of the world’s most polluted cities. The intersection of pollution and mental health has opened up a field to explore how pollutants damage every organ in our body, especially our brain.
We are all aware of the damage air pollution can cause us physically. However, high levels of air pollution have been linked to cognitive impairment in children, an increased risk of cognitive decline in adults, and potentially even depression, according to research conducted over the past ten years. Studies also show that people exposed to air pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons have a higher risk of suffering from psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and personality disorder.
There are piles of research now being conducted that has evidence from all over the world. Different countries have used different analytical approaches. The most persuasive part of this research is that it follows the same individuals over time to discover a correlation between changes in the neighbourhood’s air quality and changes in the individual’s self-reported happiness. It showed how individuals with higher exposure to poor air quality suffered more.
It is a known fact to all of us that trees help curb any problem under the sun. But if we continue with our current rate of deforestation, we will face even worse consequences. Now is the time to put our knowledge into action. While air pollution cannot be pinned down as the only cause of mental health problems, it is a factor that needs to be acknowledged. Until the government comes up with a plan of action, the most deep-rooted way out of this crisis is for us as individuals to plant trees because it is better late than never.
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