Scooter

Help Scooter Spare The Air

Hi friends!

I want to let you know how air pollution during the summer can affect our health, and share with you my best tips to protect our heart and lungs from harmful pollution!

Everyone is affected by air pollution, even our pets. Air pollution is especially bad for older people, pregnant women, people with asthma, and kids like us. We are sensitive to pollutants, and air pollution can affect our:

  • Eyes: Air pollution can make our eyes itchy and dry
  • Brain: Air pollution can affect the development of our brains, especially when we are babies
  • Lungs: Air pollution can make it harder for us to breathe, and can even cause asthma or other respiratory problems
  • Nose: Air pollution can make our noses itch and stuffy, making it harder to breathe
  • Stomach: Sometimes the particles found in air pollution can travel from our lungs into our stomachs, which can cause our stomachs to feel bad

While air pollution can make us feel yucky, there are plenty of things we can do to protect ourselves and even help reduce air pollution. Here are five tips I practice to improve our air quality and protect my health:

  • Cut back on driving: Ask your parents to do all their errands at once by linking trips, to bring their lunch to work so they don’t have to drive to get it, and to set up a carpool to school and other activities with your friends’ parents. Sharing rides is a fun way to Spare The Air!
  • Limit your exposure to air pollution: Air pollution levels are the highest in the afternoon and early evening hours. During the summer, it’s best to exercise and play outdoors in the morning or as the sun goes down. Ask your parents to download the FREE, Sacramento Region Air Quality app so they can check air quality conditions for you at any moment!
  • Shop local: Buying local produce at a farmers market is a great way to Spare The Air. When we buy local products, we help reduce air pollution because fewer trucks have to deliver food to our area from far away.
  • Avoid spray products: Products like hair spray and air fresheners that spray chemicals all over your house contribute to indoor air pollution. Indoor air pollution can be just as bad as and sometimes worse than outdoor air pollution. Ask them to buy solids, sticks or gels instead!
  • Plant a tree: Trees produce much of the oxygen we breathe! That’s why I love to plant trees every chance I get (when I’m not digging others up!)

These are just five of my favorite Spare The Air tips. I want everyone to Spare The Air, be happy and healthy.

For more Spare The Air tips and ways to make a difference, visit: http://sparetheair.com/takeAction/index.cfm

Email me at ScooterTheSpareTheAirDog@gmail.com, or message me on Facebook (@SpareTheAirScooter)! I would love to answer any of your Spare The Air questions!

Your pal,

-Scooter

Spare The Air Season Starts

Spare The Air Season is here!

Hi friends,

Spare The Air season is here!

Spare The Air teaches us how to improve our air quality and reduce dangerous ground-level ozone pollution, also known as smog. In the Earth’s lower atmosphere, near ground level, ozone is formed when pollutants emitted by cars, power plants, industrial boilers, refineries, chemical plants, and other sources react chemically in the presence of sunlight. Ozone at ground level is a harmful air pollutant. For you and your parents, driving less will help Spare The Air during the summer months and reduce smog.

It’s important to remember that because we live in a valley, smog can get trapped on warm days when the wind is calm and it can remain trapped for days.

Trapped smog infographic
Trapped smog infographic

When ground-level ozone is going to be high, a Spare The Air alert is issued.

A Spare The Air alert lets us know that our air quality is going to be unhealthy, so we can plan ahead. On Spare The Air days, we are asked to reduce our driving to help reduce air pollution. It’s very important for sensitive groups such as children like us, our grandparents and people with health issues to avoid being outside too much, ESPECIALLY in the afternoon when temperatures and ground-level ozone pollution levels are their highest.

While air quality in the Sacramento region has improved over the years, there is still a lot of work to be done. There are many things we can do with our families to help keep our air clean, including:

  • Avoid unnecessary car trips — encourage your parents to bring their lunch to work or to work from home when they can
  • Ask your parents to have a plan when driving, such as doing all their errands in one big trip which will help save gas, time and money
  • Plant a tree
  • Shop at farmers’ markets for locally grown fruits and vegetables
  • Walk, ride a bike, skateboard, or scooter, instead of driving

For more air quality information and Spare The Air tips, visit www.SpareTheAir.com, follow on Twitter at Twitter.com/AQMD, on Instagram at Instagram.com/SacramentoAQMD or “like” Scooter on my Facebook page at Facebook.com/ScooterTheSpareTheAirDog. You can also have your parents download the FREE, Sacramento Region Air Quality app so that you and your family can check the daily air quality forecast and get current conditions whenever and wherever you want.