Imagine this being the city in which you live in. Now, imagine this being your school or community. It is hard to imagine an image like this when you can’t tell what it is that you are looking at.
This is what air pollution looks like.
This could easily be the community in which you life in. Take action now. Help us to reduce air pollution.
What are you thoughts on this image?
Look at this image. How does it make you feel?
Now, imagine yourself walking down the street and seeing emission coming for the tailpipe of a car. Imagine that smoke being blown in your face. How does that make you feel.
Did you know?…
- Each day, Americans waste approximately 3.8 million gallons of gasoline by idling their cars. An engine that idles for 10 minutes yields 90 grams of pollutants like carbon dioxide. www.nutramed.com/environment/cars.htm
- Pollutants from vehicle’s exhaust include soot particles, hydrocarbons, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. All of these have dangerous effects on plants, animals, and humans. tcacid.com/idling.html
- Consuming less fuel by not idling helps reduce the need to import oil. Saving gasoline (a fossil fuel) represents conservation of a non-renewable natural resource. des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/air/
The facts don’t lie. We have to consider our habits. We must be more proactive in saving our air and improving our air quality. How can you make a difference?
More facts and tips can be found at www.cleanaircampaign.org
Do you know that air is connected to everything? When I say everything, I mean everything.
We all need air to survive. It is a shared resource, recycled repeatedly since the beginning of time. We all deserve to breathe in clean fresh air. Don’t you think?
So, what is air? Pure air is an invisible mixture of several gases, which all living land animals and plants breathe. It consists of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and traces of argon, carbon dioxide, and other gases–as well as varying amounts of water vapor.
It amazing me how something that we never think about could be composed of all those gases.
So, how is air connected?
The clothes and shoes we wear are made in factories that may release chemicals into the air.
The fruits and vegetables we eat are typical sprayed with pesticides to keep the bugs away. Once they are ripe they are loaded on a truck that has to travel many miles polluting our air. In fact, a typical carrot has to travel 1,838 miles to reach your dinner table.
(Source: Pirog, Rich, and Andrew Benjamin. “Checking the Food Odometer: Comparing Food Miles for Local Versus Conventional Produce Sales in Iowa Institutions.” Leopold Center for Sustainable
Can you make the connection? What other things are connected to air? How do your daily habit effect air?
So, it’s finally here!!! If you’re asking what it is, it’s OnAir and I’m so happy that you could all join me! Oh, I’m Shelley by the way. I’m the Education Social Media intern at The Clean Air Campaign and I’ve been working on OnAir for the entire summer. I must say it was totally worth the wait and I’m excited that you can be a part of the journey ahead.
I know, I know, most of you are wondering what OnAir is and why it’s such a big deal. Well, let me tell you it’s a very big deal and you can be a part of the solution. OnAir is a blog and not just any blog. It’s a medium which allows teens to communicate thoughts, ideas, and actions on sustainability and clean air, ‘OnAir’. It’s a place where you come to share your opinions and take action. It’s like your personal online broadcast station for sustainability and the cool thing is you can share your ideas with your friends.
If it deals with air pollution, we’re talking about it. If it deals with transportation, we’re talking about that too because everything links back to the air we breathe. Cool! Right? I know. It amazes me how one thing that seems so small can relate to everything from the clothes we wear to the food we eat.
So, you’re probably asking, why should I be here? Why should I read OnAir? Well… the environment here is fun and engaging and it’s the go-to place for airing your thoughts and taking action. Plus, you can earn AirCreds. Put it this way, if you’re an empowered teen, with a voice, who wants to take action and can inspire others to take action this is the place for you. Come join me! Help spread the word! Will you be OnAir?