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Planet Patrol, Season Recap - Iowa DNR

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Uploaded on Jul 21, 2011

Welcome to Planet Patrol, brough to you by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. This is our last segment for the season, so we'll recap the things we've learned and how we affect the environment.

In the previous Planet Patrol segments we discussed how the little things we can do in our homes, offices and schools can benefit the environment.

Our land, water and air are all affected every time we eat, flip on a light switch, drive somewhere, take a shower or throw something away. These all use natural resources and create waste. The trick is not to be wasteful.

We discussed how household hazardous materials make our chores easier but need to be disposed of properly, which is by taking them to the Regional Collection Center. You can find the closest Regional Collection Center at www.SafeSmartSolutions.org.

Littering and illegal dumping not only pollutes our land and water but is dangerous to the plants, fish, birds and animals. Manufacturing new products from our recyclable materials saves energy and water and reduces our reliance on landfills and the need to mine our lands for new metals, or cut down forests for the wood or even drill for new oil.

Get out and enjoy Iowa's great outdoors and do the little things to help keep it clean and beautiful!

Here are some of the things that we've learned about ways we can help the environment. The biggest thing to remember is to be conscientious...turn off lights and electronics when you're not using them; recycle what you can; and use less water. Turn down your thermostat in the winter and up in the summer to save energy. Put on a sweater or blanket to keep warm in the winter if you need to and turn on a ceiling fan in the summer to keep cool. It saves on air conditioning too! Buy foods with fewer food miles. In other words, buy locally grown food. And use faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads to reduce your water use.

Make your Eco-Story a good one by doing some of the things we've talked about today. Find out more about how you can help the planet, and check out the virtual tour of the Mobile Education Exhibit at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/La...

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