02 Aug 2011
Make the Clean Air Promise Today
Do you have asthma? Does one of your kids or grandkids? High pollution days can be scary.
Just imagine what it would be like if we didn’t have the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to a PSA put out by the non-profit, American Family Values, 160,000 early deaths related to air pollution–including 230 infant deaths–were prevented in 2010, thanks to EPA’s public health protections.
Similarly, pending “Mercury and Air Toxics” standards that EPA has proposed are expected to save as many as 17,000 lives every year by 2015 and prevent up to 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms. The new safeguards also would avoid more than 12,000 emergency room and hospital visits and prevent 850,000 lost work days every year.
Breathing easier? Don’t. An attack is underway in Congress that would gut the nation’s environmental protections, including an especially irresponsible and lethal assault on American’s health and our air quality. In the crosshairs are those new mercury and air toxics standards I just mentioned.
So yes, take that deep breath, but this time speak out. Join the Clean Air Promise Campaign, launched last week by a coalition of national environmental and health organizations, and let it be known that all Americans have the right to breathe clean air.
The campaign is incredibly simple: It calls on every citizen, elected official and community leader around the country to make this fundamental promise:
“I promise to protect America’s children and families from dangerous air pollution.
“Because toxics and pollutants such as mercury, smog, carbon, and soot, cause thousands of hospital visits, asthma attacks, and even deaths.
I will support clean air policies and other protections that scientists and public health experts have recommended to the EPA to safeguard our air quality.”
Take a moment now to visit the coalition’s site. Watch and share the video. And most importantly, click here to share your story and make the Clean Air Promise! Protect our right to breathe.