Atmospheric Pollution

Atmospheric Pollution

According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution is fatal to approximately 7 million people each year. It also has an extremely negative effect on childhood development. In this block, we will learn about how important it is to reduce the harmful effects of atmospheric pollution, and how we can all help to improve the quality of the air!

The term air pollution refers to the release into the atmosphere of various gases, finely divided solids, or finely dispersed liquid aerosols at rates that exceed the natural capacity of the environment to dissipate and dilute or absorb them. This Britannica definition, along with some other pertinent information, can be found by clicking this link.

Levels of air pollution have been rising ever since the Industrial Revolution, which began in Great Britain during the 1800s. In fact, this defining social shift to large-scale manufacturing carried out by machines, resulted in other negative effects to the environment, including polluted water and the destruction of animals’ habitat. So, although there were many technological advances during this period, there is now a growing awareness of the need to balance economic and technical growth with protecting nature and natural habitats.

Here are two videos to learn about air pollution.

Take A Deeper Dive!

This video shows how human activity, in combination with weather and geography can become a catalyst for lethal levels of air pollution.

WARNING: Please be aware that some of the content of this video includes a short segment of cars crashing as a result of reduced visibility due to smog. If you have experienced a car crash, or are sensitive to violence, check in with yourself or someone you trust before going any further.

This video explores some of the possible solutions to air pollution.


My Solution To Pollution!

Consider what you believe to be the most serious effect of air pollution, and create a solution that you think will solve the problem. You can represent your solution as a drawing, a written description, a collage, a painting, a chart, a video recording, a voice note, a diagram, etc….just choose your favourite mode of expression, and GO FOR IT!!

Air Pollution Poster

This poster produced by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, shows how pollution in the air can affect other places on our planet.

Take some time to look carefully at the poster, and think about the information that is presented. Think about how you would answer the questions on the bottom left side of the poster:

  • How many human-made sources of air pollution can you find here?
  • Can you find people doing things to limit air pollution?

Advanced Activity

Air Pollution and Human Rights

Here is an article  from, which explores an aspect of pollution that we often do not think about. 

Consider what you believe to be the most important points outlined in the article, and the extent to which you agree or disagree.


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