I’m proud of all of you for doing such a good job checking before you burn this season! We still have a little less than two months to go, so keep up the good work.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably noticed it’s been super cold outside, which can make it cold in your house as well and that’s no fun. Here are some of my favorite tips for staying warm without burning wood this winter:
September is here, but it can still be pretty hot outside. While you might be thinking about turning on the hose and having a water fight in the backyard, I want to remind you that it’s very important to conserve water this summer, as we’re still in a drought. I still want you to have a super awesome time while you play, so here are some of my favorite ways to beat the heat while conserving water!
By now you know that when I have places to go, I try to get there without having to ride in a car. Of course, sometimes you just don’t have a choice. When I do have to go somewhere in a car, there is this awesome thing I do called “carpooling.” Now, I know what you’re thinking, and no, that doesn’t mean I ride in the car to the local pool! Carpooling is when a group of people (or animals!) get into just one car to go somewhere, instead of driving a bunch of cars to the same place. For example, if you and your friends all have soccer practice after school, you can carpool to practice by having one of your friends’ parents pick up all of your teammates from school and take you to practice. By all going to practice in one car instead of separate cars, you are helping to reduce air pollution:
July is National Ice Cream Month! One of my favorite things to do in the summertime is make homemade ice cream! Check out my favorite recipe -- it is both delicious and, because you can make it at home, it helps reduce air pollution since you don’t have to drive to an ice cream shop.
With just a few ingredients and a little jiggle, you can make homemade ice cream in minutes and help Spare The Air!
What you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 cups half and half
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup rock salt
- 3 cups ice
- 1 gallon-size zip-top bag
- 1 pint-size zip-top bag
- Dish towel
What you do:
- Start by filling the gallon-size zip-top bag with half the ice. Sprinkle half the rock salt over the ice and then place the pint-size zip-top bag inside.
- Now carefully measure and pour the half and half into the small pint-size bag along with the vanilla and sugar. Make sure the top is tightly sealed, kids!
- Place the rest of the ice around the cream-filled baggie and then sprinkle with the rest of the rock salt. Zip the top, wrap in the dish towel so your hands don’t get cold, and get ready to shake.
- Check the bag after two to three minutes of good shaking. Creamy ice cream should be inside!
- Remove the ice cream from the bag of salted ice and enjoy — right out of the bag!
Reduce air pollution this summer with these great eco-friendly travel tips
I hope you are as excited for summer as I am! Nothing beats having a nice long break from school, except going on vacation, of course. It’s important to remember that when we visit a different area, we need to do our part to be as respectful to the air quality there as we are when we’re at home. So, here are some of my eco-friendly summer vacation tips for you to have an awesome summer vacation while helping to reduce air pollution wherever you go!
Ways families can reduce their impact on our air quality during the summer months
Not only do the summer months bring endless sunshine and outside fun, but they also mean that Spare The Air season is in full effect for the Sacramento region! Warmer weather can create higher levels of air pollution that are extremely bad for our health. Here are some of my best tips to help Spare The Air this summer:
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:
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.