10 Small Things You Can Do For Cleaner Air
Breathing polluted air can seriously affect your health. From watery eyes to coughing to serious respiratory problems, pollution puts a real damper on your health and well-being.
It's much more enjoyable to stay active when you're breathing clean air. Check out these ten simple things you can do to play a part in keeping our air clean and healthy.
- Avoid using chemical pesticides and fertilizers as much as possible. Many of these products emit nitrous oxide, which is a greenhouse gas.
- Limit use of gas-powered tools like lawnmowers and leaf blowers—even small engines pollute.
- Avoid burning wood unless it’s your only source of heat.
- Grilling? Consider using a natural gas or propane grill instead of charcoal or wood.
On the Go
- Walk, jog, bike, or use another form of active transportation whenever possible. You’re doing yourself and the environment a favor.
- When driving, “chain” your trips together to reduce travel time and emissions—drive to the farthest destination first. Consider carpooling and car-sharing programs for routine commutes.
- Don’t idle. If you’re going to be parked longer than you’d be at a stop light, turn off your vehicle.
- Get to know your local mass transit system. Using buses, trains, and streetcars is a great way to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.
- In the market for a new vehicle? Factor fuel efficiency and emission estimates into your decision.
- Don’t fill up your car at the hottest time of the day. Filling up your car in high temperatures increases the amount of ozone released into the air.