Spaceship Earth

All I Need is the Air that I Breathe

Unlike any other known planet, Earth's air has just the right combination of oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen (and a bunch of other gases) so that we can take a deep breath and... live! Unfortunately, our air isn't the cleanest. In many of the world's cities, cars, trucks, and buses (as well as certain factories) cause awful air pollution. But we've all got places to go and people to see, right? So how else are we going to get there if we don't drive?

It's only one car!

Maybe your car's emissions don't do much damage to the air but add them to mine, along with the 150 million other cars in America (plus the millions driven in other countries) and we've got a global problem. Who needs a nuclear war to destroy the planet? We've got more than enough gas-burning vehicles sending millions of tons of toxins into the atmosphere to do the job just fine!

Exhaust from cars creates:

Aside from creating exhaust fumes that choke the air, too many cars...
jam up roads, which stresses people out and causes accidents.

Also, fossil fuels are a limited natural resource. We'll eventually use them up so we might as well start kicking the gas habit now.

What can you do?

Plenty! If you must drive a gas dependent car (or be a passenger in one) you can:

What can you do... long term?

People love cars, but in the long run, they probably love breathing clean air more. Attitudes definitely have to change around the world and that starts with you! Use alternative forms of transportation whenever possible. (That means stop being one person in one car!) And encourage your family and friends to do the same thing. At least one day a week, do not drive solo to school, work, or anyplace! Start a movement in your community. (All you need is an idea who's time has come and a willingness to talk it up and get others involved.) Do whatever you can to get some of the world's millions of cars off the road. That way we'll all breathe a lot easier.

Pollution Solutions!

If you are doing your part to kick the car habit, you are a "ride" model and people are noticing! That's why we want to hear from you! So tell us how you got somewhere using an alternative form of transportation.

Post your "Air Pollution Solutions" right here!

These groups are actively involved in saving the oceans.

Contact any one of these organizations and get involved too!




(don't forget to exhale!)

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