Wednesday April 22 is the 39th celebration of Earth Day. What started as a educational “teach-in” in 1970 has turned into a global event dedicated to showing each of us how to protect the environment. Do Your Part this Earth Day and participate in a community event where you’ll learn how to lower your impact and your eco-footprint on Earth, year around.
In this country, Earth Day, coupled with the creation of The Clean Air Act (1970) and the Clean Water Act (1972) have reduced the amount of air and water pollution over the last 40 years. But there is still work to be done and much of that work begins in our homes and yards.
Take A Quick Earth Day Quiz And Get Started Today.
True or False? The air outside our homes is more polluted than the air inside.
False. The air inside many American homes is two to ten times more polluted than outside. The sources of indoor air pollution are many: chemical cleaners, pesticides, paints and solvents, tobacco smoke, and pressed wood products, to name a few. How can you improve the quality of the air in your home? Use fewer chemical cleaners and pesticides and opt for more eco-friendly solutions when you can. Paints and solvents release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. The next time you buy, look for low or no-VOC paints and solvents. If you smoke, do it outside. And lastly, avoid owning large numbers of products made of pressed wood. Many of these products release formaldehyde. At high levels, formaldehyde can trigger asthma attacks and may cause cancer.
True or False? Coal fired power plants are the biggest producer of water pollution in the U.S.
False. Storm water run-off is the largest source of water pollution. When it pours, the fast flowing rainwater carries litter, automotive fluids, excessive fertilizer and pesticide and animal waste into storm drains. This dirty concoction spills into nearby creeks and streams that feed larger rivers and lakes; the source of drinking water to nine out of 10 Americans. The solutions are: don’t litter, fix vehicle leaks and dispose of used motor oil properly: clean up after your pet and use lawn chemicals only when and where you them.
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