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You Can Make the Air Cleaner!

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Every time you use a car, or walk, every time you use your heater or air conditioner, or buy new things, you make choices that can
reduce or increase air pollution. 

Below you can read about what you can do to reduce air pollution. 

 

 

 

Drive Less

In Cyprus, the main contributor to air pollution in the cities comes from cars and trucks. One way you may contribute to reduce air pollution is to drive less. Fewer trips in your car will help reduce air pollution.

Driving less doesn't mean you have to stay home. Try combining driving with other ways of getting where you want to go:

  • Ride a bike or walk
  • For car trips, share the ride with friends
  • Use public transport
  • Use the school bus instead of parent's car
  • Avoid unnecessary car trips by combining errands.
  • Shop by phone or mail

Save Energy

By saving energy you can contribute to the reduction of air pollution. Whenever we burn fossil fuels, we pollute the air. So, use less gasoline, natural gas, and electricity (power plants burn fossil fuels to generate electricity): ·

  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room
  • Spend less time in the shower

Here are some more ideas that you can discuss with your parents: ·

  • Replace energy-hungry incandescent lights with fluorescent lighting
  • Use a programmable thermostat that automatically turns off the air conditioner or heater when you don't need it.
  • Add insulation to your home
  • Use a fan instead of air conditioning
  • Microwave small meals
  • Insulate your water heater
  • Install low-flow shower heads

 

Recycle

Producing and selling the different products we use requires energy. Here are some ideas on ways to cut off energy use, and thereby reduce air pollution, and save money.

  • Choose recycled products
  • Choose products with recyclable packaging
  • Reuse paper bags. · Recycle paper, plastics, and metals
  • Print and photocopy on both sides of paper.

 

Fight for clean air!

Now you have learned something about air pollution and how you can contribute to make the air cleaner. Let your friends and family know what you've found out and help us fight for clean and healthy air.

  • Talk to your school friends about air pollution and discuss what you can do about it
  • Discuss with your parents how your family can contribute
  • Write to your local paper. Support action for healthy air.

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