How Your Actions Impact Air Quality (activity demo)

Sometimes it can be hard to visualize air pollution (except for on a few very smoggy days). Even harder is making the connections between our actions and air pollution.

We found a great activity that uses food colouring to represent pollutants and water to represent the air. Different pollutants (drops of colouring) are released depending on our morning routines. For example, a drop for driving a car to work and even a drop for using hot water in the shower (because of the pollutants created to heat the water).

It got us thinking about how all our little actions can make a big impact and that air can be polluted even when we can’t see that pollution.

Imagine if each pollutant was a bright colour and our air was a brown, soupy mess! There is a great write up on this activity so you can do it in the classroom or with kids at home.

Learn lots more about how your actions impact air quality at CleanAir Hamilton’s website.

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