Have you ever looked out your window and seen the city and skies engulfed in pollution? [p] I know I have. Ulaanbaatar is one of the most polluted cities in the world. For that, we have industrial activity to blame. But we also have ourselves to blame. [p] If the pollution levels continue to increase, then the area, our city, may become uninhabitable. Now I know this may happen years, decades down the line, perhaps even after we’ve passed away, but we need to take care of the problem now, not later. We need to get results in purifying the city before this problem becomes worse than it already is. [p] Don’t let this become a serious problem for the lives of your children, our children, the next generation.
People say that little eco-friendly acts, such as picking up litter and recycling, can make a difference. Though this may be true, it is not enough. [p] We all have to do our parts to preserve the environment and put an end to the pollution, or at least to control it and keep it to a minimum. Try to get involved in activities that will make leaps and bounds, not steps, of progress towards ending pollution and preserving nature. [p] That’s much more productive than throwing a bottle into a recycling bin. If you want to take it a step further, donate to a group dedicated to saving the environment. You can support them in the goals that you share with them.
There is also another type of pollution in UB. It is light pollution. At night, the stars cannot be seen from the city. I remember when I saw the stars clearly from the countryside, little dots of light in the dark night sky. I was disappointed that this view could not be seen from my home back in the city. Just by turning off excess lights, we can all appreciate the night sky once more. Industrial plants that power the city are the main sources of pollution in UB. They were built during the period of time when Mongolia was under soviet law, and the designs make it look like they wanted the city to be full...
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