6. Air pollution

6.3 What you can do

If possible, using alternatives to burning wood for heating homes can reduce air pollution.

You can buy local products and food, as these generate fewer travel-related emissions than ones from far away or overseas. Making a shopping list will help you buy only necessary items.

At home and school you can reduce waste by recycling (transporting waste can add to air pollution, and methane from landfills can increase greenhouse gas emissions), and you can reduce the amount of food going to landfill by establishing a compost heap.

Walking, riding your bike or using public transport instead of travelling by car will help reduce vehicle emissions. Establishing a school environment committee is a good way of coming up with ideas and actions to help improve air quality.