What can we do about air pollution?
There are lots of things that we can do to help reduce air pollution. We need energy to grow our food, clean our drinking water, make the things we use every day, and travel to all the places we need to go. Most of this energy comes from burning fuels, such as gas, oil and coal. That produces carbon dioxide (which is involved in climate change) and usually some air pollution (such as nitrogen dioxide).
Therefore, if we can use less energy, and avoid wasting it, we can help reduce air pollution and climate change. Here are a few ideas:
We can all help reduce pollution by using our cars a lot less! It's better for the environment if we can walk, cycle or use public transport (such as buses or trains) whenever possible. Walking and cycling are even better than using the bus as they don't create any pollution at all - and they're good for your health. Perhaps you could walk or cycle to school with your friends.
Electricity is produced by power stations - but they also produce air pollution. If we use less electricity they will make less air pollution. Ever been told to turn a light off? Well, it makes sense! Not only does it save money, but it means less energy needs to be produced in our power stations - and that helps to reduce pollution.
Stay warm at home, but before turning the heating up, try putting on a jumper. 21o Celsius is comfortable for most people.
Try not to waste the things we use every day, like paper. Think before you print things out from the computer!
Check out the NIdirect web pages on:
- Being ‘greener’ at school - http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/information-and-services/young-people/at-school/being-greener-at-school.htm
- Being ‘greener’ every day - http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/information-and-services/young-people/at-school/being-greener-every-day.htm