Change starts with education. In order to change or try to change an issue, we must be educated. There are numerous solutions in resolving air pollution but what good are they if we do not know how detrimental it is to our health as well as the environment? In the picture above, the artist portrays two contributing factors to air pollution: factory pollution and car exhaust pollution. Did you know that, “In America, vehicle exhaust contributes roughly 60% of all carbon monoxide emissions nationwide, and up to 95% in cities?” It’s okay, before taking the initiative to educate myself on this important issue, neither did I. Here’s another fact, “According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air pollution levels rose 14 percent from 1990 to 2008.” I can continue to throw numerous facts at you but that won’t do or change a thing. The EPA can continue to make rules and legislations, but it is up to us to take that positive step forward, enforcing those laws. Take charge, get educated and make a difference. Not only for you, but for the other human beings, plants and animals around you!
Shanique Mattis & Aaron Houston