Ideas for pollution posters

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Whether you are trying to raise awareness in your home, school, business or town, a poster illustrating the problems with pollution is a creative way to get your environmental message across. A pollution poster does not have to be fancy or elaborate to make its point, and can be as detailed or simple as you choose to make it. The pollution poster idea you choose depends on the audience you wish to reach.

Pollution Prevention

Prevention of pollution is the most effective solution. Poster ideas that encourage people and business include professional posters from the state of Montana (which include slogans like "Pollution Prevention Takes True Grit" and "Pollution Prevention is 'Auto'Matic") or Stanford University's pollution prevention posters aimed at construction crews and for the home, with detailed suggestions on how to avoid polluting. Posters that can be drawn by children work best with simple rhymes like "For the Future of Man, Use a Garbage Can" or the classic "Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute."

Pollution Reduction

Pollution is sometimes unavoidable or difficult to eliminate entirely. Posters that encourage manufacturers, workers and individuals to minimise their pollution may include messages encouraging people to limit their fertiliser usage or avoid putting toxic cleaners down a drain. Posters may emphasise that pollutants that run off into the sewer system accumulate in the groundwater, and include pictures of what should and should not go down your street and other drains. Posters that include pictures of cleaners free of phosphorous and other products to use to reduce pollution may encourage greener household habits.

Pollution Repair

Posters that focus on what can be done to remove pollution can be as simple as posters that suggest you pick up litter that you see on the street, clean up your pet's waste or offer more challenging solutions such as restoring oyster beds and helping clean up after serious oil spills. Posters advertising local cleanup events, whether through adopt-a-highway programs or a beach or river cleanup, go a long way towards increasing participation and making a clean up event effective.

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