5 Reasons to Be an OnAir Blogger

Here at OnAir, we try to stick to eco-issues that affect teens. That’s why we want our blog posts to come from teens, because only you know what topics you and your friends care about.

Right now we’re hunting for a team of smart, social, savvy teen bloggers. Wondering what’s in it for you? Wonder no more. For your consideration, here are Five Reasons to Be an OnAir Blogger.

 

1. You get community service hours

That’s right. You blog for us, you get to log time for community service. We know lots of you need those hours to graduate, and since we’re run by a little nonprofit called The Clean Air Campaign, your blogging time is volunteer-able. So the more you write, the more you can log!

 

2. You can do it even if writing’s not your thing.

Who said blogging was just about writing? If you’re a wordsmith, that’s awesome. If you’re not, guess what? STILL AWESOME. We want you to blog your photos. We want you to blog your videos. We want you to blog your artwork or audio tracks, if you’ve got ‘em. Seriously, if you’re creative and want to speak out about clean air, we have a spot for you.

 

3. Say it with me: Aircreds

Come on, you knew this would be in here. Blogging is one of the best, most awesome ways to earn AirCreds! Don’t tell me you STILL haven’t heard of AirCreds.

AirCreds are a point system for being earth-friendly. You do good things for the air, we give you points. You earn enough points, you can trade them in for cool AirCreds stuff. We’re working on an awesome schedule of AirCreds prizes, and you don’t want to miss out. It’s like grandpa always said: Start earning those AirCreds as soon as possible. True story.

 

4. Fame and fortune, natch.

OK, maybe not fortune, per se. But still.

Our bloggers are an elite crew. They weigh in on the issues, get their work pushed out to thousands of viewers on our site and social media channels—and look great doing it. Every budding game-changer has to start somewhere.

 

5. We’re starting a movement. You can start it with us.

Now, the clean air cause isn’t exactly new. But when you get down to it, teens haven’t had a lot of chances to organize to spread the word. And that’s what OnAir is all about.

Because we’ll let you in on a little secret: OnAir is more than a website. It’s a grassroots Save The Air movement just for people your age. Don’t you want to do something big—something that helps the planet? The first step is spreading the word. Do it here.

 

So. Heard enough? Ready to get started? Click here to apply now! If you’ve still got questions, you can plug them right into the blogger application form.

Come aboard.

Centennial Olympic Park

The Olympic games are an international tradition that have their roots in Roman times. These games are the world’s linchpin. They are something that connects us all to one another.

Some of you might not know this, or even have been born at the time, but in 1996 Atlanta had the honor or hosting these games. The 1996 Olympic games were highly eventful, and left an impact on Atlanta that can still be experienced today. Probably the most visible impact that was left is Centennial Olympic Park.

This park is probably one of Atlanta’s most active parks. It is constantly putting on concerts, such as “Party in the Park.” It also has fountains to enjoy and cool off in, fields, festivals, an ice skating rink (only in the winter), and it is conveniently located downtown, so you are never in need of a place to go eat.

Centennial is a point of pride for Atlanta. The airport has a mural of it, it is in a lot of our tourism adverts, and it is just generally well-known. This place is totally unique to this city, and is beloved by the population here. The park’s construction was even partially funded by residents who paid to have their names carved onto bricks in the park. It is definitely a great place to go.

Whether you are visiting the city, or have lived here your whole life, Centennial Olympic park is the place to be, especially now. It is a great way to view and experience some of our city’s history, as well as have a good time. In 1996 the whole world saw the park on their televisions. Now it is time to go and visit it in real life.

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OnAir says: You know what else was great about the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta? They prompted a city-wide clean air effort that would become The Clean Air Campaign! And yeah, we kinda like those guys. Click here to learn a little more about how that went down.

Incentives for Going Green

In these modern times, we have become a bit muddy on the definition of going green and what we as a people should do to help the environment. As of now, just about everything has some sort of label that attaches the idea of being environmentally friendly to being “green”.

In reality, every little bit helps, simple, whether you are using a product that is good for the environment and your wallet, or if you just buying a product that gives partial revenue towards a program that helps an organization for going green.

On that note, here are some monetary notes that could provide you with an incentive for
going green around your house. One major change that all of you can do is simply changing your light bulbs to CFLs, which last longer than regular bulbs and save energy.

Now, when I recommend this, I don’t mean go smash all your bulbs now–just wait till they burn out. Friendly tip: research online the CFL bulbs you are going to buy to figure out if they are soft white or bright white light. It can make a big difference in your house.

Another thing that is happening now is if you surf the web and look on your utility companies’ websites, there are now programs that will reduce your payments to those companies. Basically, they offer you a couple of earth-friendly things to do, and if you so
choose to complete these tasks, they will cut down the costs of your bill and even give you a little payment. Anything to cut the lighting bill, right?

Similarly, for veterans or even active-duty soldiers, there are programs that you can sign
up for at the credit union or your local Veterans Affairs Medical Center that contains similar
programs in which they will pay the veterans to do certain tasks around their house that will promote going green. It would be simple task, such as switching to energy-efficient appliances, using less water on a scheduled basis, what-have-you. So if you know veterans, ask them to look around for such programs and it could end up helping their wallets after all of their service.

These are just some easy tasks to look into to relieve some financial burdens around
your house. I am not saying you have to be gung-ho and commit to all these changes or even pester your family and friends, but just remember we all have to pitch in to help our
environment because we all share it together.

OnAir says:  You know what other green choice pays off? Carpooling! Riding with a friend cuts the amount of car pollution going into the air—and cuts the amount of gas you have to buy. Plus, once you’re out of school and on the job, you can earn cash from The Clean Air Campaign for taking alternative transportation to work. Yes, cash. Not too shabby.

Smog Season Cheat Sheet

Smog is an important issue when it comes to air quality, but it can be difficult to understand. So with smog season (May 1 – September 30) upon us, we’ve drawn up a cheat sheet with everything you need to know about smog.

What is “smog”?

Smog, a word that combines “smoke” and “fog,” is a combination of air pollutants, some that you can smell and others that are odorless. It’s a type of air pollution that gets worse with warm temperatures and lots of sunlight.

What’s in smog?

Smog can be made up of many different harmful pollutants, but the two main components most often found across Georgia are ground-level ozone and particle pollution.

If the word “ozone” sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve heard us eco-types talk about how important it is to protect the ozone layer, up in the atmosphere. So if ozone’s a bad thing, why are we trying to preserve it? Good question.

Turns out, when it comes to ozone, it’s all about location, location, location. Atmospheric ozone (located six to 30 miles above the Earth) is good because it helps shield us from harmful ultraviolet rays. Think of it as one giant tinted window.

But when ozone’s on the ground, it’s bad news. Ground-level ozone, made up of reactive chemicals, is extremely harmful to the lungs.

And particle pollution, a mixture of extremely small solids and liquid droplets, is harmful to not only the lungs, but the heart as well. Ew.

Where does smog come from?

Ozone is actually a byproduct of Nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Those pollutants come from places like vehicle exhaust, power plants, factories and even some consumer products, like paint and hairspray.

Particle pollution comes from the same kind of sources, like wood burning, power plants and vehicle exhaust.

When is smog season?

Georgia’s smog season is unofficially from May 1 – September 30. Remember, it’s sunlight and warm temperatures that trigger the chemical reactions that make this kind of pollution more harmful, so smog gets particularly bad in Georgia during the summer months.

What’s “The Air Quality Index”?

The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a color-coded catalog that reports daily air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your air is.  When air quality is good, it’s marked in green. And the worst air quality, “very unhealthy,” is marked in a dark maroon. Check it out here: The Air Quality Index

And with smog season coming up, staying informed about your air quality is more important than ever. Sign up for Smog Alerts with the Clean Air Campaign here: Smog Alerts

Ways to decrease smog

Remember, car exhaust plays a huge role in creating smog, and one mile driven equals one pound of pollution. So, the fewer automobiles on the road, the better.

Alternative forms of transportation, such as walking, biking, carpooling, busing, or riding transit can make a huge difference in cutting down on smog.

And what’s the best part about alternative transportation? Say it with me: AirCreds!

Don’t forget to keep logging all your air-friendly actions to rack up more points!

 

Last Chance to Create a Video for Clean Air—Enter the Young Lungs at Work Art Competition!

There are just a couple days left to enter The Clean Air Campaign’s Young Lungs at Work Art Competition. Submissions are due April 16.  And you don’t have to have a fancy studio or expensive camera to be the next Steven Spielberg. Just grab your Smartphone, hit record, and make your very own video tackling the question of how we can act now for clean air.

Remember what’s in it for you!

  • Recognition! Winning videos will be featured on The Clean Air Campaign’s website, YouTube channel, and Facebook and Twitter pages.  Winners will also be featured on the OnAir blog, Facebook page and Twitter page. That gives your video exposure to potentially over 100,000 people across the U.S.!
  • Notoriety! The Clean Air Campaign and OnAir blog staff will visit your school to present special prizes.
  • Money! Donations will be made to each winner’s school science, environmental or art program.
  • Points! Once you submit your entry, remember to apply for AirCreds points and continue to work your way up the leaderboard to some pretty cool prizes.

Again, the submission due date is April 16, 2012. For full details and further rules, click here.

Clean Air Campaign 101

 

We talk a lot about improving air quality and reducing air pollution but many of you may wonder why we are motivated to talk about these things.

As Georgia’s population continues to grow, so does the traffic congestion and air quality challenges. The Clean Air Campaign is a not-for- profit organization that empowers Georgians to take action to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion. The Clean Air Campaign focuses on both congestion and air quality because they are linked-vehicle emissions are a major contributor to smog formation.

The Clean Air Campaign was launched in 1996 by government , business, civic, health, environmental and educational organizations, after a phenomenon during the Olympics provided a glimpse of what a difference individual actions can make. During the 1996 Olympics, efforts in Atlanta to reduce traffic succeeded in not just reducing congestion, but improving the health of children with asthma. After bringing in more buses and subway cars, and encouraging ride sharing and telecommuting during the Summer Olympic Games, theses actions helped to significantly reduce ground-level ozone pollution, which resulted in considerably lower rates of childhood asthma events for children aged 1-16.

Today in metro Atlanta, The Clean Air Campaign and its partners have reduced 1.4 million vehicle mile and kept 700 tons of pollution out of the air. Our programs and resources have helped save Georgians more than $150 million every year on gas and vehicle expenses. What do you think about the actions The Clean Air Campaign has taken to improve the air we breathe?

For more information visit our website http://www.cleanaircampaign.org/.

 

AirReport – Insight on Air Quality

FYI – Before becoming an intern at The Clean Air Campaign I never paid attention to the effects that driving my car had on the environment. I never thought about the harmful effects that idling (emissions coming from my car tailpipe) could have on my health or for that matter the health of anyone. Once I began my internship I gravitated towards air quality and the impact that it can have on a community. Having the opportunity to help work on the Air Quality Awareness Week manual I soon realized how important air quality was to Georgia.

Get this! Both human activity and weather can cause air pollution. Remember, one mile of driving produces one pound of pollution.  So every mile counts, and every action can make a BIG difference!


Transportation is a pollutant source that we can influence. Rethinking how we get to school, work, or our friend’s house can help make a BIG difference in the air we breathe.

FYI – Air Quality can be tracked by six types of pollutants – ground level ozone, particle pollution (tiny particles from ash, vehicle exhaust, soil dust, pollen, and other pollution), lead, sulfur, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide.

We have to take action for clean air. We have to challenge ourselves to improve air quality and traffic congestion. We can start by carpooling, riding the bus, or walking. What’s your take on air quality?

For more information about Georgia’s Air Quality check out http://www.cleanaircampaign.org/Your-Air-Quality-Transportation/Smog-and-Air-Quality

Hi there! We’re OnAir.

Welcome to OnAir!  We’re a part of The Clean Air Campaign and we believe everyone has the right to breathe clean air.  We wish clean air was a given, but it’s not.  That’s why OnAir is here — to help young people fight air pollution.  You can start today.  In fact, if you’re reading this, you already have!

OnAir will teach you about air pollution and show you how to fight it.  We’ll give you airCreds (airCreds = prizes you’ll love) for taking air-friendly actions. And most importantly, we’ll give you a place to speak up about air pollution.

We’re looking for bloggers.  Interested? Shoot us a line at bloggers@blogonair.org