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5 ways to mark World Environmental Health Day at home

The air we breathe, our natural environment and our health are interconnected.

The theme of this year’s World Environmental Health Day, Sept. 26, is indoor and outdoor air quality. More than fitting, as Margaret Chan, director general at the World Health Organization, this spring launched a campaign to tackle air pollution, calling it “the major public health issue of our generation.”

It’s a global call that requires local action.

Here are five ways, you can improve air quality:

1.    Walk or ride your bike instead of driving to school or work, to run errands or visit friends.

2.    Turn down the thermostat this winter. The burning of fossil fuels (coal, gas, oil) to heat your home contributes to air pollution.

3.    Conserve electricity at home and work, by turning off lights and electronics when not in use.

4.    Buy (or make) environmentally friendly household cleaners, to reduce the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in your home.

5.    Encourage your local politicians to create and preserve more green spaces, including parks and trails.

The Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation raises money to support a healthier Lake Simcoe watershed through the funding of Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. For information on how to help, visit

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