The Air Element corresponds to the Eastern part of creation. It symbolizes a vast network of vital breath, from the winds that brought the Universe into being to the first cry of a newborn baby or first breath of life (Om). Where Earth is “fixed” air is most definitely a mover. It’s also connected to the mind, wisdom, spirits and the soul.
In a warming world, they say, hurricanes will be stronger, for a simple reason: Warmer water provides more energy that feeds them. Larger tropical cyclones are occurring, due to the greater temperature change yielding more power to the storms. Interestingly, as the sea level rises about a foot a year, places like off the coast of North Carolina, where the increase per year has been several inches more, storms have drastically increased in size and quantity.
Additionally, air pollution has increased rapidly. Burning of Fossil Fuels: Sulfur dioxide emitted from the combustion of fossil fuels like coal, petroleum and other factory combustibles is one the major cause of air pollution. Pollution emitting from vehicles including trucks, cars, trains, airplanes cause immense amount of pollution. We rely on them to fulfill our daily basic needs of transportation. But, there overuse is killing our environment as dangerous gases are polluting the environment.
Our agriculture activities, exhaust from factories, mining, indoor toxic chemicals; paints, cleaning products etc. All add to the increase in air pollution.
Air symbolizes a light space, with space balancing the gasses. Pretty much the complete opposite of our over consumerism society. With each breath air serves as a reminder of what we fill ourselves with, giving us a paused second to reflect on our relation to the earth, and all relations and consumptions around us.