Speak Up Today:
Tell EPA to set stronger limits on particle and ozone pollution. The science is clear: the nation needs stronger limits on ozone and particle pollution to safeguard health. The current National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter and ozone are not sufficient to protect public health. Every family has the right to breathe healthy air – and the right to know when air pollution levels are unhealthy. Tell the Environmental Protection Agency to follow the science and set stronger limits on particle and ozone pollution.
Other Ways You Can Help:
Share your story. Do you or any member of your family have a personal reason to fight for healthier, cleaner air? Let us know why clean air matters to you. Your story helps us remind decision makers what is at stake when it comes to clean air.
Get involved locally. Participate in state and local efforts to clean up air pollution and address climate change, including by supporting clean, renewable electricity and cleaner vehicles. To find your local air pollution control agency, go to www.4cleanair.org.
Step up to Curb Pollution in Your Community:
Drive less. Once stay-at-home orders are lifted, combine trips, walk, bike, carpool or vanpool, and use buses, subways or other alternatives to driving. Vehicle emissions are a major source of air pollution. Support community plans that provide ways to get around that don’t require a car, such as more sidewalks, protected bike lanes and transit systems. If you must drive, switch to electric vehicles.
Use less electricity. Turn out the lights and use energy-efficient electric appliances. Generating electricity is one of the biggest sources of pollution, particularly in the eastern United States. If you have the option in your community, buy power from clean, renewable sources.
Don’t burn wood or trash. Burning firewood and trash is among the largest sources of particle pollution in many parts of the country. If you must use a fireplace or stove for heat, convert your woodstove to natural gas, which has far fewer polluting emissions. Compost and recycle as much as possible and dispose of other waste properly; don’t burn it. Support efforts in your community to ban outdoor burning of construction and yard wastes. Avoid the use of outdoor hydronic heaters, also called outdoor wood boilers, which are frequently much more polluting than woodstoves.
Make sure your local school system requires cleaner school buses, which includes replacing them with electric buses or retrofitting old school buses with filters and other equipment to reduce emissions. Make sure your local schools don’t idle their buses; this step can immediately reduce emissions. Parents shouldn’t idle in their cars outside of schools either.
Thank you for being a champion for healthy air.