Illnesses and deaths could be reduced or eliminated if gas-powered lawn equipment was replaced with battery-operated equipment. Air pollution is a serious threat:
• The World Health Organization states, “4.6 million people die each year from causes directly attributable to air pollution.”
• Dr. Oz states, “Lung disease is the 3rd leading cause of death. The number one reason why: air pollution.”
• According to the book Environmental Studies, “Worldwide more deaths per year are linked to air pollution than to automobile accidents.”
• Experts believe that prolonged exposure to highly polluted air can carry a risk for the development of lung cancer similar to that of passive smoking.
According to a study released in 2008 by California State University, Fullerton, 100% of the population was exposed to particulate concentrations above the average federal standard in Los Angeles County. It’s stunning to consider when comparing smoking and automobile fatalities that air pollution is even a competitor.
How is Lawn Equipment a problem?
“Lawn equipment is the largest contributor to non-road emissions.”
• The EPA states: “one new gas powered lawn mower + 1 hour = 11 cars driving.”
• “Gas Mowers represent 5-10% of air pollution and 15% in metropolitan areas.”
• According to the Lung Association, “1 leaf blower + 1 hour equals the smog of 17 cars.”
Lawn equipment is also a major factor in gasoline consumption and waste.
• “Over 17 million gallons of gas are spilled each year refueling lawn and garden equipment –- more oil than spilled by the Exxon Valdez.”
• “Americans burn 1.2 billion gallons of gas each year trimming their grassy yards,” according to the EPA.
Los Angeles currently ranks number one for the highest Ozone pollution in the United States.
There’s no doubt that working to eliminate these machines will mitigate air pollution while reducing our dependency on oil –– a finite resource.