Since taking over, part of the focus of the Philippines’ current administration is to rehabilitate polluted areas of the country like Boracay and Palawan. Recently, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) led an initiative to clean the Manila Bay area with thousands of volunteers. That, however, is only addressing part of a bigger pollution problem in the Philippines.
In July of 2018, the government was urged by experts to address the country’s air quality dilemma. The World Health Organization found that the Philippines placed third with the highest number of deaths due to air pollution. This stems back to 2016, when the DENR found that vehicles are the top contributor of air pollution in the country. Alarmingly, about 90% come from Metro Manila.
With these facts in mind, it’s only right that vehicle owners help protect the environment even in their own simple way. There are several ways to help without switching to a hybrid car (which is so expensive, by the way). Some of what you can do are:
Buying Used Parts
Every car has a timeline for its parts. And when a car owner suddenly decides to drop it off at a junkyard, for sure there are still parts working perfectly that can be salvaged. Apart from the fact that you save a lot of money, you also minimize the amount of packaging and manufacturing needed to fix your car.
Disposing Used Fluids Properly
Who changes your oil? What do you do with it after you get it changed? Because oil is hazardous, you shouldn’t just leave it lying around. Proper disposal should be followed. This includes other automotive fluids too.
Washing Your Car Mindfully
Avoid wasting water when washing your car. Regulate the water you need by using a bucket instead of a hose.
Avoiding Topping Off
When gassing up, stop when the nozzle automatically stops as fumes may leak when you fill your fuel tank up to the brim.
Giving Your Car A Rest
Go take a walk instead of bringing your car to the store a block away. Hitch a ride with a friend when going on a trip. Take the public transportation on a Sunday. Aside from saving gas and money, you’ll help reduce pollution.
Doing these things may seem like it makes a small difference. But with every car owners’ effort combined, it can start and spark a change with our planet’s current situation.