Why is this important?
Leaf blowers, lawn mowers, gas-powered trimmers, and other equipment powered by fossil fuels can expose children to harmful air pollutants and noise, while exacerbating climate change. In addition to emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, leaf blowers and mowers also kick up dust and particulates that are unhealthy to breathe in.
What actions can we take?
- Minimize or eliminate the use of leaf blowers and fossil fuel-powered equipment.
- Opt for electric equipment and manual tools, when possible.
- If you use a gas-powered lawn mower, make sure it is tuned up and properly maintained.
- Consider ecologically-preferable practices such as leaving leaves and grass clippings in place to enrich the soil.