Educating ourselves and others about the causes, types, and effects of pollution of water and air as well as the preventative measures we can take to stop pollution is one of the most important tasks anyone can pursue. While recycling has made headway in the past few years among industrialized nations, the majority of the world has yet to step up to the plate. Reducing waste and reusing or repurposing items is still something of a dream.
For instance, statistics from organizations like Californians Against Waste show that recycling creates positive change for both air and water quality. Did you know that "Every ton of paper recycled a year saves 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water?"
In addition, "According to the U.S. EPA, methane is the second largest source of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere and landfills account for 37% of methane gas output. By reducing and recycling properly organic materials, including paper, we can divert them from landfill, thereby reducing anaerobic decomposition and the production of methane gas."
In this helpful guide you will find articles that cover water and air pollution in great detail. Educators in particular will find it to be an excellent resource for covering the topics of pollution, environmental change and conservation.