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    It’s Your Planet–Love It! A Leadership Journey breathe

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    What’s in Your Get AWARE! Find out how much particulate matter is in your air. Leave a piece of clear tape sticky side up for a day on your windowsill or desk and in various other locations—outside your front door, inside the door at floor level, at counter level in your kitchen, on top of the refrigerator, and inside your closet. You might also place a piece of doublesided tape on the handlebars of your bike. Or try the bumper of a car or the edge of a windshield. You could even “wear” the tape on a hat or stick it to your backpack or sleeve. What the tape collects will give you an idea of the particles and dust around you that day. Then collect all your pieces of tape and place them sticky side down on a white index card or a piece of paper. You can see the larger particles you’ve collected with your eyes, and you’ll see smaller ones with a magnifying glass. Measure and compare the particles you’ve collected: Use the same small defined area each time—say, the size of a hole in a piece of notebook paper. Place the hole over the tape, then count the particles. Now pull back the tape and touch the particles! What do you feel? 68

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    How’s the Air? A microscopic view of dust particles These air questions may seem tough, but their answers offer a lot of fascinating facts. See how many answers you know or can figure out. 1. How many allergens find their way into your home every day? A. 916 million B. 115 billion C. 18 trillion D. 72 trillion 2. Most homes generate about ___ pounds of dust per year for every 1,500 square feet of space. A. 20 (the weight of 32 boxes of Trefoils) B. 40 (the weight of 64 boxes of Thin Mints) C. 60 (the weight of 137 boxes of Tagalongs) D. 80 (the weight of 160 boxes of Samoas) 3. Since children breathe faster and inhale 50 percent more air per pound of body weight than adults, they ingest anywhere from 50 to 100 milligrams of dust per day, which is 100 times more than adults ingest. This amounts to about a ______________ of dust every six weeks. A. Teaspoon B. Tablespoon C. Cup D. Pint Dust mites on wool Answers: 1. D; 2. B; 3. A 69

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    Greening with Greenery One plant will improve the air quality in a room of 10 square yards, with 8- or 9-foot ceilings. That translates to three plants per average classroom. Researching both the amount of natural light in the classrooms and the amount of light various plants need is essential. Australian Sword fern English ivy Areca palm Reed palm Weeping fig Peace lily Boston fern Janet Craig dracaena Rubber plant 82

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    can take the greening one step further. They can help mask cooking and other odors and eliminate the need for air fresheners. Here are some options . . . String of beads Scented geranium Pink jasmine Gardenia Hyacinth Wax flower How NYC Schools Cleared the Air After the September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, air quality was a big concern, particularly in the seven public schools in lower Manhattan that were closed temporarily. Florida nursery growers donated thousands of green plants for the schools, and Horticultural Help, an indoor landscaping business, coordinated their placement. The plants provided fresher air, and an emotional lift for the students. 83

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    Your Now and Future Hopefully this journey has been a breath of fresh air in your life, in more ways than one. You’ve cared for the air and seen that so much of what you enjoy in life comes to you via your senses—and comes to your senses via air! You’ve also seen that so much of what we do so senselessly to the environment gets in the air and affects everyone. You’ve been claiming your role as an heir apparent, not only of Earth’s air but of all its precious resources. So fly high with that responsibility. To keep soaring and inspiring others to care about air, or any issue, a good leader clears the air of distractions, airs her feelings, enjoys cool breezes of inspiration, and lets her mind wander in the clouds to dream up airy—and sustainable—solutions. She engages all her senses—and the senses of others, too— to be AWARE and ALERT and AFFIRMing. 110

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