Consequences of the pollution for the Healthy

The Health Consequences of Air Pollution

Air pollution impacts many of the organs and systems in our body. These impacts can be acute (e.g. causing heart attack, coughing or shortness of breath) or can cause chronic problems (e.g., heart and lung disease). Health problems related to air pollution are related to the dose of air pollution that we are exposed to. If we are exposed for a prolonged period, or if we breathe an increased concentration, this increases the risk of health impacts.

Kamloops has periods of unacceptable air quality that impact human health, the environment and visibility. In our area particulate air pollution is arguably the biggest air quality issue.

According the to the BC Air Quality Website: « Even areas that meet the national standard of ‘good’ air quality may not be good enough. Scientists have found that low levels of particulate matter in the air can heighten the risk of lung and heart disease. »

Historically, doctors thought that lung problems were the most serious problem associated with air pollution. Further research has linked many other problems to air pollution; the research is ongoing, and more information is being discovered all the time.

We have summarized some of the health impacts of air pollution below in plain language. Because of this some of the findings have been simplified. We have included a reference list so that those who are interested can find the primary research more easily.

Climate Change !


 Here is a little animation in a short film about climate change.

What’s the Climate change ?

The current climate change is mainly due to the emission of greenhouse gases from human activities . These  emissions are due for more than three quarters only to carbon dioxide (CO ?). Consumption of fossil fuels ( energy production, vehicle fuel , home heating , industry) is by far the most offending sector. But it is important not to forget the change of land use , including deforestation, which is in second place in terms of responsibility for the increase in global greenhouse gas emissions ( 17 % of global emissions )

Global warming introduces an additional factor of inequality and disparity between the different geographical areas of the world. The populations of the world’s poorest countries are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, but they are the least responsible . Developing countries are indeed not able to guard against the impact of the phenomenon and adapt.

By : Lucile MERLO, Marianne GETENET, Jade ALGARRA and Emma BACHÉ

The 7th Plastic Continent

 ocean-plasticWhat’s the « 7th Plastic Continent ? »

It is described as a huge garbage  operating in the North Pacific Ocean, the size of a third of the United States or France six times. Formed immediately to  the image of a compact cluster of gigantic plastic bags, bottles, cans and other threads …
This pollution, invisible from space, is found in five large ocean basins in the North Pacific, but also in the South Pacific, the North and South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. These areas are characterized by the effect of water currents meeting, influenced by the rotation of the Earth.

By : Marianne GETENET, Emma BACHÉ, Jade ALGARRA et Lucile MERLO

Eco-Citoyen club


Mr. Lavigne


 In our school, there is a club to protect the environment, the two biology teachers, Mr Lavigne and Mrs Wolniak, and the documentalist Mrs Moulin, are in the charge of the club.The group meets every Monday during lunchtime.

This year, the club is planting some flowers on the playground. They make a big flower clump over a plan chosen by the CVC (Conseil de la Vie Collégienne ) each member voted for its favorite flower clump plan, and the one who had the majority of votes was planted.

Last year, they built a bin to gather the used batteries, and printing cardriges. This bin is located in the hall of the college.

The make schooltrips every year. Last year, they organise little outing to the waste disposal.


By : Marianne GETENET, Emma BACHÉ , Jade ALGARRA and Lucile MERLO


Why should we recycle ?


Waste recycling can :

– Save natural resources such as timber (paper, cardboard), oil (plastic), sand (glass).
– Save energy as electricity used to make products recycling avoids remanufactured. Some wastes are burned to produce heat (heating homes) plants.
– Reduce pollution because it does not need to remake some objects: glass bottles, cans … We reduced the number of discharges that are polluting and dirty.
– Preserve the environment because we need less natural material.

Where are the wastes going ? :

1. The wastes are unloaded in a hangar
2. The machines open the bags and then they depart on a carpet where they are sorted according to their category
3. The wastes fall in baskets and thepaper remains on the carpet
4. Wastes are baled and sent to recycling centers

By : Lucile MERLO, Jade ALGARRA, Emma BACHÉ and Marianne GETENET !

10 things to do to switch to a green !


  1. Stop taking cars ! Use public transport, that’s better, and you will meet a lot of green people !
  2. Stop taking  showers of 1 hour, I’m sure you’re very own !
  3. Stop letting the water run when you brush your teeth or you wash your hands ! She’s going to be tired !
  4. Stop putting your waste anywhere, recycle ! Put them in bins full of color, it’s so much better!
  5. Stop throwing your waste in nature, if one day they create an army, I think we have no chance!
  6. Stop taking transport if you can ! Even better than the bus: take the bike! You will have beautiful legs this summer!
  7. Stop using your old bulbs! Buy low consumption bulbs! « And there was light »
  8. Stop saying « Well, next time I must remember to throw my old batteries » when you see a basket for batteries, and never do it ! Now, you HAVE to do it !
  9. Stop letting your fridge open too long, I know, you do not know what eat, but you have to decide quickly, or choose random, it’s like a surprise !
  10. Stop letting your charger plugged without your mobile plugged to the cable ! I know you are lazy and you don’t want unplug it every time, but made ??it for the world!

By : Lucile MERLO, Emma BACHÉ, Marianne GETENET and Jade ALGARRA.