Backyard Action Hero Toyota Backyard Action Hero Guidebook August 2016 - Page 14

BREEZE into Action We have seen many great examples of how we can all help protect and care for our city ecosystem and the animals that call it home. Little steps add up to make a big difference in your neighborhood, city, and the planet! No matter how small you might think your contribution, it matters! This is especially true with one of the most important nonliving parts of our ecosystem: the air we breathe. I bet you’ve heard a lot from your parents, teachers and even the news about how important it is to have clean air. Air pollution affects us all — even all the way to polar bears in the Arctic. Many things can cause air pollution. There are natural causes like forest fires, erupting volcanoes, and gases released from rocks inside the Earth. People also do many things that contribute to air pollution. Carbon dioxide is a pollutant caused by the activities of people. This type of pollutant comes from cars, planes, power plants, and any other burning of fossil fuels like gasoline. This air pollution affects the health of people, animals and even plants. There are three easy ways to decrease air pollution. Reduce burning fossil fuels, save energy so that power plants generate less pollution, and save water. Producing cool, clean water requires huge amounts of energy so cutting water waste is a great way to decrease pollution. Your challenge is to go out there and make a difference by doing small projects in your community to decrease air pollution. Come up with an action plan and make it happen. Below are some great ideas to get you started! ;; Plant flowers, shrubs and trees instead of grass and encourage your neighbors to do the same! Less grass to mow means less harmful gases in the world. ;; Turn off the lights when you leave a room or unplug things after you use them. Encourage your friends and family to join in. Even if you aren't using it, leaving something plugged in uses energy. ;; Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or take shorter showers to conserve water. ;; Encourage your friends and family not to leave their car running if it’s not moving. ;; During winter, open curtains and blinds during the day and let in sunshine to warm the house; close them in the evening to hold in heat and conserve energy. ;; Turn off the water while washing your hands at school and encourage your classmates to do the same. ;; Create posters with environmental themes and ask teachers to post them in their classrooms. Just doing a few of these things can get you on your way to a healthier ecosystem and a healthier environment for all! Word Scramble Answers: 1. Non-point source pollution 2. Pollutants 3. Conservation 4 .Sustainability 5. Natural resources 6. Habitat destruction 7.Endangerment 8. Point source pollution