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*What is Acid Rain?*
*What Causes Acid Rain?*
*Why is Acid Rain Harmful?*
*What is Being Done?*
*What Can You Do?*
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 What Can You Do?

People carpooling to reduce the creation of acid rain.Government agencies and scientists are not the only ones that can take action to stop acid rain. You can become part of the solution, too!

Understand the Problem
The first step you can take to help control acid rain is to understand the problem and its solutions. Now that you have learned about this environmental issue, you can tell others about it. By telling your classmates, parents, and teachers about what you learned on this site, you can help educate them about the problem of acid rain. You CAN make a difference!

Conserve Energy
Since energy production creates large amounts of the pollutants that cause acid rain, one important step you can take is to conserve energy. You can do this in a number of ways:

  • Turn off lights, computers, televisions, video games, and other electrical equipment when you're not using them.
  • Encourage your parents to buy equipment that uses less electricity, including lights, air conditioners, heaters, refrigerators, and washing machines. Such equipment might have the Energy Star label.
  • Try to limit the use of air conditioning.
  • Ask your parents to adjust the thermostat (the device used to control the temperature in your home) when you go on vacation.

Minimize the Miles
Driving cars and trucks also produces large amounts of nitrogen oxides, which cause acid rain. To help cut down on air pollution from cars, you can carpool or take public transportation, such as buses and trains. Also, ask your parents to walk or bike with you to a nearby store or friend’s house instead of driving.


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