Air Pollution Around the World

Take a look at the below images and make some observations:

Reflect on the following questions:

  • What do you see?
  • What do both images have in common?
  • What differences do you notice?
  • What could cause Paris, France to have such wildly different air quality at these different points in time?

The photo on the right above shows Paris, France in December of 2016. That winter, Paris experienced its worst air quality in over 10 years. The air in Paris, or any other location, changes through time. Air quality is shaped by both human and natural activities that create air pollution, as well as by natural processes like wind and precipitation that move and clean air.

This is a lesson published by Science Friday and in it students will research how air pollution is generated and its impact on countries around the world. Students will collaborate with their peers to brainstorm creative solutions for a country of their choosing to fight air pollution and then create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) in which they will educate the citizens of their country how to reduce air pollution.

Explore the full lesson HERE 

Happy Teaching!