Romel Joshua Castillo – Grade 9 LS405
Air Pollution Absorbing Paint – Manila Experiments with ‘Purifying Paint’
Air pollution is a severe hazard for an emerging economy’s capital such as Manila, which is considered one of the top five most air-polluted cities in the world, and we, the younger generation, would be the ones to suffer more if this problem remains unsolved. To combat this threat, collaborations between the government and private companies are being done to lessen, if not totally remove air pollution. One such collaboration is the painting of walls along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) with a brand of paint which claims to remove air pollution through breaking down pollutants to harmless substances. This paint, dubbed KNOxOUT by Boysen, can destroy pollutants specifically harmful NOx Gases (NO, NO2 and N2O) in large amounts, at rates comparable to full-grown trees. This project, if successful, would combat the pollution produced by hundreds of vehicles passing through EDSA everyday which for me, is already a big headstart. In my opinion, this would be a good solution to counter the problem presented by air pollution, in addition to the beautifying effect of the murals. It is also good to see that Boysen has come up with this innovative paint, and the government has utilized it to its full potential. However, it is not sustainable if this method will always be used in fighting air pollution. It only provides a quick answer to the problem, but it does not solve it entirely. Though they say that the paint absorbs NOx better than trees, it must be remembered that NOx is not the only air pollutant present in the atmosphere. Other pollutants like CFC’s, CO, CO2, CH4, SO2, Dust, and others, still cause global warming and disease. With this, the most viable solution that we can do is to diminish activities that contribute to air pollution. Lessening our carbon footprint, taking initiative to clean the surroundings, and avoiding the use of fuel will...
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