May 22nd, 2013

When You Drive the Earth Smokes

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My nephew Eliot is a rock star in my book (not that I’m biased or anything). Eliot submitted this cartoon and won the Yahara River Writers Top Ten Award  for his creation (an event sponsored by Greater Dane County TAG Network).

At age 11 he gets it. He understands that vehicle exhaust is the leading source of the earth’s hazardous air pollution. He’s fighting for clean air and he doesn’t even drive yet.

Somehow he knows that children and cars don’t mix well. Something compelled him to draw this cartoon showing that when you drive the earth smokes.

What we’re inhaling from cars and trucks has been linked to asthma, strokes and heart attacks. Toxic air pollution is killing us and it’s killing the earth and will continue to do so unless we make some changes.

Here are a few tips from the Environmental Protection Agency to help reduce air pollution from cars:

  • Keep tires properly inflated and aligned.
  • In the summertime, fill gas tank during cooler evening hours to cut down on evaporation. Avoid spilling gas and don’t “top off” the tank. Replace gas tank cap tightly.
  • Avoid waiting in long drive-thru lines, for example, at fast-food restaurants or banks. Park your car and go in.
  • When possible, use public transportation, walk, or ride a bike.
  • Get regular engine tune ups and car maintenance checks (especially for the spark plugs).
  • Use an energy-conserving (EC) grade motor oil.
  • Ask your employer to consider flexible work schedules or telecommuting.
  • Report smoking vehicles to your local air agency.
  • Join a carpool or vanpool to get to work.

And that’s why my nephew rocks.

Any other tips to help reduce air pollution from cars and trucks?

In honor of  not-so Wordless Wednesday I’ve linked up with Better in Bulk, Dagmar’s MomsenseLive and Love Out LoudProject Alicia,  and I Thought I Knew Mama.

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9 Responses to “When You Drive the Earth Smokes”

  1. Wow! What a smart boy! He is right on.
    Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama recently posted..Wordless Wednesday: Vermont Family Weekend #LinkyMy Profile

  2. That is awesome! He is a rock star. Thank you for the tips to reduce air pollution.

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! That is so wonderful – great job!

  4. Smart kid! Can we cross-post on MCAF?
    Ronnie recently posted..8 Reasons To Love Earth Day 2013My Profile

  5. Thanks Ronnie-I think he did an amazing job. Absolutely cross-post! He will be thrilled.

  6. Thanks Lynn!

  7. We know a rock star Marsha :)

  8. That he is Charise- right on!

  9. [...] This post and image is used with permission. It originally appeared on Groovy Green Living. [...]

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I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney, mom of three and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. I hope you'll join me as I embark on a journey to live a healthy life. Along the way I might make a few pit stops to fight for issues that affect the health and safety of our families. Come along with me as I work hard to make the world a little safer for each of us. Together we'll discover that simple, small changes can lead to a healthier lifestyle and a greener planet.

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