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Indian Nations CouncilThe Greatest Show on Earth

2. Slide 3 or 4 rubber bands onto the hanger. Hang the hanger outside in a SHADY place. (Sun also changes rubber, but you want to see what the air will do to the rubber bands without sunlight)

3. Put 3 or 4 rubber bands into the glass jar. Close the lid tightly. Keep this jar indoors in a drawer or cupboard.

4. Wait a week. Check the rubber bands that have been outdoors. Use t he magnifying glass to look at them more closely. Do they have cracks or breaks? Have any of them snapped? How do they look compared with the rubber bands that were kept indoors in a jar.

5. If the outdoor rubber bands are still in good shape, put them back outside. Check them again in another week. Where the air is really polluted, rubber bands will snap in a week or two.

Snare Dirt From The Air

Air may have tiny grains of sand, dust, ash and other things floating around in it. What kinds of solid stuff can you find in your air?

Materials you will need:

A white plate

Petroleum jelly (vaseline)

A magnifying glass

1. Cover the white plate with petroleum jelly.

2. Put the plate outside on a windowsill. Leave it there for a week.

3. Bring the plate in. Use the magnifying glass to see what has stuck to the plate. These are the solid bits and pieces that the air is carrying.

Things You And Your Family Can Do To Save The Environment

1. Before throwing letter-size paper into the trash, check the backs of sheets to see if they are blank. If so, use them for drawing. Or cut them into squares and use them as notepaper.

2. Reuse big envelopes that arrive in the mail. Just put a new address label on - any square of paper will do.

3. Send back junk mail you don't want - at mailers expense. Tell them you don't want anymore. These are a great waste of paper.

4. If possible, take showers instead of baths. Showers use less water than baths. Soap up and then turn the shower on.

5. Don't throw out those last little bits of soap. Stick them to the next bar.

6. Don't pour anything from a container marked "poisonous" or "dangerous" into the sink or onto the ground.

7. Buy pump spray containers, which work just as well as aerosol cans, and don't harm the atmosphere.

8. Compost your kitchen leftovers, such as apple cores and potato peelings. You'll be amazed at how much less garbage you have. And your garden will be grateful.

9. Buy eggs in cardboard cartons not styrofoam ones.

10. For foods that don't spoil quickly, buy the biggest size you can afford. First, the biggest size is usually the best buy. Second, there's less packaging for the amount of stuff you get.

11. Write letters complaining to companies that use lots of wasteful, polluting packaging on their products. (This includes many toy companies and fast-food restaurants) Support companies that try to put their products in simple packages that can be recycled.

12. Find out if your community has depots to recycle bottles, cans, and paper. Then make sure your family recycles these things.

To start a recycling program:

Write to the mayor and urge him to begin a recycling program.

Ask your teacher if your school can be a recycling depot.

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