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!

The Right To Breathe

Hello OnAir readers!

I hope each of you’re having a fantastic year and semester, as I am!  I’d like to begin a discourse with y’all concerning the right to breathe. I found a couple of short documentaries that I wanted to share with y’all, but instead of writing a long post about it, I think it best if I leave this up for discussion. Even if you’re shy and don’t want to post, please share these links and discuss “the right to breathe” with your friends and family!

http://earthjustice.org/advocacy-campaigns/clean-air

Second Place – Education/Pollution in Nigeria

Congrats, Samantha! 2nd place, pretty impressive! – OnAir Team

In many countries, people aren’t receiving an education. A country with very low literacy rates is Nigeria, and you can see this through the state and condition of their country/society. Nigeria is poverty stricken, the majority of the country do not have the chance to go to public school and spend the days working or searching for water which is greatly scarce and polluted. The oil companies have dominated Nigeria; which has devastated the land and a country as a whole. If Nigeria’s society were to have learned about the downfalls of allowing oil to be drilled maybe Nigeria would be in a better state as today. Did Nigeria have a choice?
The drilling of oil in Nigeria has damaged the resources in which society depended on…the water is polluted and a great majority if the vegetation is gone. Due to the fact the majority of people live in poverty, people get their water,if there is any available, from nearby water ways which may cause people to walk for miles. These water ways are polluted, people are uneducated/ unaware of the water that cause disease until after it has occurred. Even though there may be signs warning people not to drink from the water, education is very rare so people never learned how to read.
The drilling of oil by many companies has increased the air pollution exponentially, so not only is the drilling of oil damaging society through water but also the air they breathe. Nigeria needs justice and a form of government that can change the state of Nigeria. Though it is easier said than done, if the world cares for people/the well-being of planet Earth over greed something will be done.

Source: http://nigeriaworld.com/columnist/uzokwe/081103.html

Meatless Mondays

The crispiness of bacon, the crunch of fried chicken, and the delicious taste of a freshly cooked steak! By now the mouths of many meat lovers are most likely watering.

brettingtons.com - *dead* sorry, it's probably counter-productive to post this in the middle of a post about vegetarianism ¯_(ツ)_/¯

But yeah, meat is tasty. I would know.

What I also know is that meat consumption as well as what it takes to produce and process it does affect the environment.

Americans consume more than 37 million tons of meat annually and 8 ounces of meat per day, 45% more than recommended by the USDA (U.S Department of Agriculture)( “Monday Campaigns | Meatless Monday.” Monday Campaigns. Meatless Monday Campaign, 2003-2015. Web). Red meat and dairy have the highest environmental footprint when compared to fruits and vegetables. They account for roughly 15% of total global carbon emissions. (“Monday Campaigns | Meatless Monday.” Monday Campaigns. Meatless Monday Campaign, 2003-2015. Web).

So what can we do about this?

Well, taking the initiative to participate in the Meatless Monday movement is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. This international movement was launched in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and since then many countries outside of the U.S have jumped on board with the movement.

In May of 2009, Ghent, Belgium became the first non-U.S city to go meatless on Monday. Not long after that, Paul McCartney introduced the UK to meat-free Mondays. To date, the Meatless Monday movement is active now in 36 countries.

Taking one day out of your week to go totally meat free can have a huge impact. Over the course of one year, for example, a four-person family who skips eating meat one time during a week is equivalent to taking your car off the road for five weeks! Studies show that meat production produces significantly more green house gases than vegetables, including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.

If everyone went meatless on Monday, the impact of the pollution caused by meat production would greatly be reduced! So I challenge you to visit meatlessmonday.com today and take the pledge to go a meat-free Monday!

 
Sources:
www.meatlessmonday.com/the-gobal-movement/
www.mondaycampaigns.org
www.jhsph.edu/research/centers
www.humanmedia.org/dcc/tabs.php

Co-authored by the OnAir Team

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!