Air pollution affects every person on this planet. But we can learn how to reduce our exposure to air pollutants with education and resources. Below you will find lots of valuable tools and ideas that can help everyone reduce pollutants in their air!
What can you do at home to keep our air clean?
- Recycle bottles, cans and papers
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room
- Walk, ride your bikes or take the bus on family outings
- Help your parents remember to combine their errands into one trip
- Mow the grass after 6:00 p.m. from May-September
- Turn thermostats to 72 degrees or higher during the summer
If Pollution Levels Are High:
- Play outside in the morning and evening when pollution levels will be lower.
- Pay attention to symptoms like coughing, pain when taking a deep breath, chest tightness or wheezing.
- If you have any of these symptoms, stop playing and tell your parents, teachers or other adults.
Air Pollution studies fit in perfectly with your science, math, and language curriculums. The Bureau's training staff is available to come speak at your school free of charge. Our programs are tailored to fit your students' needs - from elementary school to college. We offer a variety of teaching methods including: video, lecture, and touring of our monitoring facilities and laboratories. Please contact our Public Relations Coordinator at (423) 643-5989 for more information.
AIRNow - Real-time monitoring of air pollutants in your area
AIRNow Teachers kit - Offers valuable materials for teachers about air quality
Danger In The Air! - Grade 5-8 study of air pollutants and weather patterns
It All Adds Up to Cleaner Air - Gives teachers the tools and resources they need to present clean air issues to all age groups
Journey to Planet Earth - Hosted by Matt Damon this PBS program offers a voyage of discovery about the planet we inhabit
Why Study Air Quality? - General information for teachers
Eek! The Air Around Us! - Environmental activities for kids