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I am an eighth-grader at CMS. For an assignment I designed and conducted a STREAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) Project to investigate the most effective way to lower pollution. My results are that I found out that some of the major contributors to pollution are fossil fuels, landfills and vehicular emissions. Some ways I found out to help lower these effects are by driving hybrid or electric cars or instead walk and bike. I also found out that a lot of time, trash in the landfills are actually not always trash. Tons of people every day throw away a lot of stuff that is actually recyclable. But also many people have contaminated recycling by unintentionally putting trash in recycling bins. One solution to this problem that I believe would work is adding a list on both recycling and garbage cans that is brief and easy to read telling what you can and can’t recycle. As well as adding a picture as an example for each item on the list. My results should interest you because most people think that only big companies can help prevent pollution, but I believe that everyone should do their part, no matter how small it is, to help the environment.

Erik Peterson

Melissa Turtinen is the community editor for Lakeshore Weekly News and Eden Prairie News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.