Air Pollution: How Does Your Neighborhood Rate?

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Air Pollution 

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There are many different kinds of pollution, some being more obvious than others of course.  For example, when I’m sitting in traffic heading over the 405 freeway into Los Angeles, air pollution and smog are pretty obvious pollution.  When I pass by the LA River and see trash piling up along its banks or graffiti along the walls, that’s another obvious form of pollution.  When I go down to the pier and see plastic bottles, paper, cans, plastic bags, etc. floating in the water where kids are swimming, that’s another obvious forms of pollution.

These different forms of pollution got me thinking…how polluted is my neighborhood?  I figured I’d go online and check with Scorecard.org, a great site that lists itself as “The Pollution Information Site”.

All you do is type in your zip code and away you go.  It breaks down your “Pollution Report Card” by categories like toxics, air and water.  Then it gives you information on how you can DO MORE to make a difference and help improve the air pollution and other forms of pollution in your community. 

One downside was the report was a little broad as it listed my neighborhood as all of Los Angeles County, but I checked it out anyway.  Needless to say, there is a lot of air pollution and other forms of pollution in LA.  But after getting these specifics for myself, I really encourage you to take a moment to find out how your neighborhood/county ranks.  Then go to the TAKE ACTION section of Scorecard and see what you can do to make a change.  Let me know how you do.

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