Hi everyone! Taking care of a pet is a big responsibility. (I should know…I’m a dog!) Pets need food and treats, clean air to breathe and bubble baths. Most over-the-counter pet shampoos use all kinds of chemicals that are bad for our environment and our air. I like to smell like flowers—not chemicals— so I use a special doggy shampoo that can be made at home.
Air quality can be bad during the summer. While we are all doing our part to limit ozone air pollution by carpooling, riding our bikes, turning off lights and planting trees, there’s another air pollution danger that you need to know about: wood smoke, but its official name is Particulate Matter 2.5.
Hi friends! The beginning of a new school year is such an exciting time and also a big change. We are making new friends and learning new things. We are waking up earlier and getting ready to carpool or walk to school. We are getting home later and running errands with our parents as they link their trips to save time and help Spare The Air.
I hope you are as excited to go back to school as I am! There are lots of things you can do this school year to help Spare The Air, including:
- Bring a refillable water bottle every day to school
- Recycle your paper, plastic, and cans
- Reuse your backpack from last year
- Ride a bike, skateboard, scooter (my favorite) or walk to school
- Ride the school bus or share a ride to school with a neighbor or friend
Helping Spare The Air is important for our health and for our environment. When you’re a kid, your lungs are still developing, and breathing poor air quality can damage them. Have a grown-up download the Sacramento Region Air Quality app on their phone to receive notifications when the air quality is poor and help you avoid the harmful effects of air pollution. Tell your teachers what you have learned from Scooter’s World and share these awesome Spare The Air games and activities with them by clicking here: http://www.aqmdscooter.com/index.php/activities/
Take a look at some of the ways air pollution can make you and your family members feel sick, and visit Scooter’s Video Page for ways to improve our air quality.
Hey kids! Believe it or not, bad air quality affects your pets, just as much as it affects you! Animals have smaller, more sensitive lungs than we do, which actually makes it harder for them to breathe than it is for us when air quality is poor. In fact, when the air is really smoggy, especially on Spare The Air days, they can feel up to 10 times worse than we do.