Sign Our Petition to Help Protect Air Quality

"State of the Air" 2019 finds that climate change is fueling wildfires and weather patterns that are making air quality worse.

We need your help. Please add your name to our urgent petition to members of Congress and the Administration. Urge them to act now to clean up power plants, oil and gas operations, and other sources of pollution to address climate change and reduce other dangerous emissions at the same time.

Petition:

On behalf of our families and communities, we urge you to take immediate action to protect our health from air pollution and climate change. According to the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report, nearly 141.1 million people live in counties that receive failing grades for air quality.

Climate change is a public health emergency. Two of the ways it puts health and lives at risk are by fueling dangerous wildfire smoke and harmful ozone pollution, as the "State of the Air" shows. The United States has come a long way in cleaning up harmful air pollution thanks to the Clean Air Act, but the job isn't finished yet. And climate change is beginning to reverse our progress.

We call on you to support policies that clean up power plants, oil and gas operations, transportation sources, and other sources of pollution. By cleaning up these sources, we can cut climate change pollution and reduce other dangerous pollution at the same time.

Sincerely,

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Did You Know?

  1. Nearly 5 out of 10 people live where the air they breathe earned an F in State of the Air 2020.
  2. 150 million people live in counties that received an F for either ozone or particle pollution in State of the Air 2020.
  3. More than 20.8 million people live in counties that got an F for all three air pollution measures in State of the Air 2020.
  4. Breathing ozone irritates the lungs, resulting in something like a bad sunburn within the lungs.
  5. Breathing in particle pollution can increase the risk of lung cancer, according to the World Health Organization.
  6. Particle pollution can also cause early death and heart attacks, strokes and emergency room visits for people with asthma and cardiovascular disease.
  7. Particles are smaller than 1/30th the diameter of a human hair. When you inhale them, they are small enough to get past the body's natural defenses.
  8. Ozone and particle pollution are both linked to increased risk of lower birth weight in newborns.
  9. Do you live near, or work on or near a busy highway? Pollution from the traffic may put you at greater risk of harm.
  10. People who work or exercise outside face increased risk from the effects of air pollution.
  11. Millions of people are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution, including infants, older adults and people with lung diseases like asthma.
  12. People of color and those earning lower incomes are often disproportionately affected by air pollution that put them at higher risk for illnesses.
  13. Air pollution is a serious health threat. It can trigger asthma attacks, harm lung development in children, and can even be deadly.
  14. You can protect your family by checking the air quality forecasts in your community and avoiding exercising or working outdoors when the unhealthy air is expected.
  15. Climate change enhances conditions for ozone to form and makes it harder to keep ozone from forming.
  16. Climate change increases the risk of wildfires that spread particle pollution and ozone in the smoke.
  17. This Administration is trying to roll back or create loopholes in core healthy air protections under the Clean Air Act. The Lung Association opposes these actions that will add pollution to the air we breathe.
  18. Cutting air pollution through the Clean Air Act will prevent at least 230,000 deaths and save $2 trillion annually by 2020.
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