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EDUCATION PLAYS KEY ROLE IN SOLVING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

 EDUCATION PLAYS KEY ROLE IN SOLVING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
 PITTSBURGH, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Learning about environmental issues is a lot easier these days, thanks in part to events like Earth Day, which raise awareness about environmental issues, as well as efforts by various organizations to educate teachers, students and the public.
 "Only an environmentally educated public can make sound choices about pollution prevention, abatement and control," said Martin Rivers, executive vice president of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA). "We believe one of the best ways to reach our association's goal of ensuring a clean and healthy environment is to improve the environmental literacy of our children. This will enable them to make responsible decisions about environmental issues."
 Educating children means that teachers must learn how to teach environmental issues in the classroom. Recognizing this, the association has published its Environmental Resource Guide (ERG) -- "Air Quality" for middle school teachers.
 The ERG offers accurate and unbiased descriptions of today's air quality issues -- auto emissions, acid rain, depletion of the ozone layer, the greenhouse effect and more. With 16 activities, eight fact sheets and a


comprehensive glossary, the ERG is "teacher-friendly" and supplements existing curricula in schools. The ERG is available in English and French.
 The classroom experiments in the ERG provide students with basic information about various air quality topics. It includes lessons such as "Sky Blue, Sunset Red," which explains why we see certain colors when we look at the sky and what effect pollution can have on these colors. Another experiment, "Hole-Y Ozone! It's the CFCs!" demonstrates how chlorofluorocarbons are creating a hole in the earth's ozone layer and how students can have a positive effect by adjusting some of their daily habits.
 The ERG was developed for the A&WMA by the Environmental Education Section of the Tennessee Valley Authority, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. The lessons were field-tested and then reviewed by a 40-member A&WMA technical advisory committee.
 An ERG on pollution prevention is due out this summer.
 The Air & Waste Management Association is a nonprofit, environmental educational organization with nearly 13,000 members in over 50 countries. Founded in 1907, the association provides a neutral forum where all sides of environmental issues receive equal consideration.
 For more information, contact Joel Anne Sweithelm of Air & Waste Management Association, 412-232-3444.
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