Happy NYE!

It’s the end of 2015, and it’s clear to see how eventful it was. At the top of our favorite memories is the launch of OnAir Schools! If you haven’t signed up, please do so at www.onairschools.org!

Some important, environment-related things that happened –

  • United Nations Climate Change Conference 2015, or World Climate Summit – Paris
  • Less showering
  • Drought
  • Less driving (sort of)
  • Health consciousness (less GMOs!)
  • Meatless Mondays
  • Videos of cute animals (ok, so this one isn’t exactly related to the environment…but cute animals! Ahhhh)

Leave a comment below and share your favorite memories of 2015!

 

No Idling! …and OnAir

Here at OnAir, we are trying to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint and to clean up all this polluted air. Pollution is extremely harmful for the health, especially for the youngins’. Did you know that through our OnAir Digital Tools Project we are including our infamous No Idling Campaign?

Here, you can submit data and do a campaign to promote the reduction of idling which adds to polluted air at schools, and unfortunately it affects students the most! Plus, you can win free stuff for doing it. Be sure to check it all out at www.onairschools.org, along with all of our other campaigns and challenges you can get behind! Ya know, like the T-Shirt Design Challenge, or Get There Green! Go on, young one, explore.

Tooooo fresh.

Let’s talk about the organic wave, shall we? You might have already seen our post regarding Meatless Mondays (provide hyperlink) and how we can reduce carbon emissions and the consumption of energy by reducing the consumption of meat. But how does shopping local/organic help us?

Well, for starters, when you shop locally, there is less energy and less gas being used in the transportation costs. This makes it cheaper for you and friendlier for the environment. When you shop organically (we try to aim for both local AND organic) you condemn the use of pesticides that are potentially on your produce, which is both good for your health and good for the environment where harmful pesticides are going into the ground.

So, are you thinking about making the transition or nah?

And if you do decide to make that transition…why don’t you blog about it? We’d love to see your responses here at www.onairschools.org. We will posts your submissions and your experiences here on www.blogonair.org, and then publicize it on OnAir Schools, as well as all of our social media accounts. I mean, don’t you want to be a little more well known and to be published? And FREE THINGS? We all love free things. Check it out, y’all.

Tell us how you really feel. No, we mean it.

So it has been five long years since the BP oil spill (otherwise known as the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill) has happened. And of course, it’s not talked about as much anymore, but BP and several other organizations have teamed up to resolve the issue. But is five years too long for this to go on? How has this affected the wildlife within the ocean? What else do you think we should do to prevent this from happening in the future?

Ok, yeah sorry, so many questions. But if you want to spill all yo feels’ through writing, we at OnAir are all for that. I’m going to take this moment to introduce…

www.onairschools.org!

You can submit a piece regarding the BP oil spill (or anything else for that matter as long as it’s environment-related) to us here at blogonair.org, and we can publicize the crap out of it. Ya know, Facebook, Twitter, IG, etc. Not just that, but it will be provided as an opinion piece on our new digital tools, OnAir Schools. It’ll pop up on the feed for several schools across the nation that can reference your opinion.

Plus, the best part? You’ll be published before you’re even in college. And if you know anything about the writing industry, that’s a pretty good deal. Oh! And you may get some stuff for free.

Get your school involved and sign up at www.onairschools.org!

Full STEAM Ahead!

Recently, an op-ed piece came out in regards to STEM education. You can reference the article here.

It talks about how sure, STEM is super important, but a well rounded education is even more important. So not only do we need STEM, but we also need language arts and social studies too! Not to limit it to those two or to generalize, but that’s why here at OnAir we propose STEAM, where we still have our science, technology, engineering, and math, but we are also including ART.

Why art, you may ask? Well art consists of so many different mediums, such as painting or drawing which is the first thing we think of, but also writing and performance and humanities such as anthropology or sociology. Of course, you get more into that stuff later in college, but according to the article link provided above, people like Mark Zuckerberg benefitted greatly from studying liberal arts, specifically ancient Greek. With the development of Facebook, Zuckerberg claims that Facebook is, “as much psychology and sociology as it is technology”. And how can you argue with that?

Now, all of that being said, this is what we hope to convey through our new Digital Tools, OnAir Schools! There, you can submit all of your STEM ideas through artistic mediums, thus creating STEAM! Check out www.onairschool.org for more information!

Meatless Mondays…and OnAir

Okay, so not everyone that’s environmentally-conscious is a vegetarian. Nor do you have to be. But how can you make a change with your diet, specifically in regards to meat?

May we suggest going a day without meat? I HEREBY PROPOSE, MEATLESS MONDAYS.

How does going meatless make a difference, you ask? Well, the carbon emissions that come from large butchering plants is insane. Plus, the energy that goes into doing so is just as crazy. So basically, if you reduce your consumption of meat, this should impact the overall meat industry (given that everyone else does it) and lessen the use of energy and decrease the amount of emissions.

Now, how are you going to get everyone to do it? I suggest writing about it. Preferably, a blog post here at blogonair.org? Oh! Or even better, a comic strip that talks about the process of how these huge meat corporations use so much energy and how it overall affects us. And you know…you can submit these things to www.onairschools.org, a new Digital Tools project we have with OnAir Schools!

OnAir Schools is a PreK-12 educational initiative by The Clean Air Campaign that inspires students to take actions that improve our air quality. You may know us by our former name, Clean Air Campaign Schools.

Pretty neat, huh? Not only can you show off your skills, but you can also be a part of our mission! More publicity is good for you and good for us. Be sure to check it out!

Uh, hello social media.

GUYS.

Would you please explain to me why you haven’t followed us on Instagram? OH, WHAT ABOUT TWITTER, Y’ALL? And okay, sure, Facebook is a little lame, but like us there too please.

Know why? Because we post some pretty great stuff. And it’ll motivate us to post more, because it’ll be nice to see you guys are as into green initiatives as we are.

Also, since you’re hopefully already reading this, we are undergoing some pretty big changes around here this summer. Stay tuned bros.

Here are our pages:

Instagram – @OnAirGA

Twitter – @OnAirGA

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/OnAirTeens

Also, here’s a cat on a bike wearing sunglasses.

californiabikecommute.com

Thanks y’all!

6 Reasons to Get A Bitlock for Your Bike

There are plenty of cities in the United States nowadays that do have bike share systems. Sure, they’re not necessarily as used as other cities, but WE HAVE THEM. PROGRESS.

But, of course, there are the people that aren’t familiar with their own bike share systems (ahem, Atlanta), and hey let’s face it…some people are just more comfortable with using their own bikes.

So what if we told you that there is a much more convenient way to bike share? And all you need is a little device?

Introducing Bitlock, “the world’s first keyless bike lock”.

Here are a few reasons WHY YOU NEED THIS.

1. All you need to unlock it is an app on your phone.

2. So…you don’t have to remember a code anymore.

3. It’s faster to unlock because it’s all electronic.

Super fast.

4. You can share your bike using the app with your friends when your friend needs a bike.

See that? True friendship.

5. Hence…automatic, personal bike-sharing system!

All the love.

6. Although it’s made for bikes…you can virtually use it on any item you have.

That just about sums it up. Would you get this for yourself? Share your thoughts with us in a comment below!

Source: http://grist.org/list/this-cool-keyless-bike-lock-lets-you-create-a-personal-bike-share-system/

Why You Need Bike+

Okay, so you’re a hooked cyclist, and you’ve got some mad skillz.

And it’s keeping you super in shape, and above all it’s keeping the air clean because your muddy engine isn’t destroying our beautiful air.

Unless you’re this guy.

But you’re sad. Because sometimes you wish you could everything under the sun while traveling. You know, like accessing internet.

But what if we told you there’s a bike accessory with 3G, an alarm, and a GPS tracker?

Tada. Here it is. Beautiful, isn’t it?

A company called Bike+ came out with this excellent bike platform, and we’re basically ecstatic.

What makes it so special? Features like these:

  • High-performance GPS receiver

  • Cellular modem

  • Anti-theft alarm with buzzer

  • Real-time location and mapping

  • Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone for in-ride experience

You can mount Bike+ on the downtube of your bicycle, giving you easy access as well as including an anti-theft alarm. Which is an idea we can all hop on to. Unfortunately, it won’t be available till the end of this year.

What are your thoughts? Would you use a gadget like this? Share with us in a comment below!

Source: http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/3g-platform-bikes-combines-cycling-computer-alarm-and-real-time-location-tracking.html

7 Awesome Things about Brno, Czech Republic’s Bike-Share System

Man, what is up with Europe just being freaking awesome? In Brno, Czech Republic, there is this fantastic bike-sharing scheme. A bunch of cafes decided to get together and create a bike-sharing system within their skew of shops. Here’s the throwdown.

1. For a $16 deposit, you get coffee.

2. You get a lock.

3. And of course, you get your folding bike.

4. You can ride it around all day, like a free spirit.

5. And you turn it in at the end of the day at one of the participating coffee shops.

6. It’s turning Brno, Czech Republic into a biking city, like other biking cities all over Europe.

7. It’s great inspiration for you to turn your own city into a biking city.

The interesting aspect to all of this is that, compared to other European countries, the Czech Republic isn’t as huge on biking. However, it just goes to show you that even in a city where biking isn’t a big deal, you can make it a big deal. Atlanta shops, get on it.

It’s also super important, because this can lead to bigger and better things for Brno! Maybe it’ll turn into a biking city with this awesome idea.

Thoughts/opinions? Think you can implement this into your city? Share with us in a comment below!

Source: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/10/would-you-bike-coffee/7096/