Health and the Environment: Ten Ways to Change Your World
- Planting trees helps the environment because trees absorb carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas that promotes global warming).
- Help your parents pull weeds and use organic products on the lawn instead of spraying it with chemicals; they are harmful to the environment, animals, and humans.1
- Wash your hands with regular (not antibacterial) soap because some antibacterial soaps contain pesticides.1
- Peel fruits and vegetables and wash them under running water. This reduces the levels of pesticides that may be on the surface.1
- Avoid buying Styrofoam; it can’t be recycled and does not break down naturally in the environment.2
- Turn off the lights and TV when you are not in the room. The fuels that power our electricity are harmful to the environment.
- Instead of using commercial air fresheners, you can make your own with the help of an adult; mix cedar and lavender together in a bowl or put cinnamon sticks in boiling water.3
- Some store-bought food contains pesticide residues or hormones. Try to buy organic (no chemicals added) food-especially meat, milk, and berries.
- Don’t microwave food in plastic containers or under plastic wraps or films (even if they are labeled “microwave safe”); some of the chemicals in the plastic may transfer to your food.4
- Eating more fruits and vegetables will help reduce the risk of developing certain cancers!1
- Cancer and the Environment: What You Need to Know; What You Can Do (pdf) – Published by the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. NIH Publication No. 03-2039. (August 2003)
- Goodyear, Charlie. “Styrofoam Ban for Restaurants Proposed for ’07 / Business Owners Split on Forced Switch to Eco-Friendly Options.” San Francisco Chronicle June 27, 2006: B-1.
- Weschler CJ. 2006. Ozone’s impact on public health: Contributions from indoor exposures to ozone and products of ozone-initiated chemistry. Environ Health Perspect 114(10):1489-96.
- “Plastic wrap.” Food Lover’s Companion. Barron’s Educational Series, Inc, 2001. Retrieved January 23, 2008, from Answers.com
- And the US Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov.