Voices for Clean Air: Your Words Have Power!
Hundreds of EDF members and activists have shared their clean air stories to help bring this issue to life. These voices for clean air are speaking out for their families, their communities, and themselves. We hope some of these stories give you a sense of how important this fight is and inspire you to take action. If you have your own clean air story, please share.
Real stories from real people…
Here is a sample of the hundreds of poignant clean air stories we've received in recent weeks.
Mary R. — Washington We need clean air not dirty money.
June S. — Kentucky We talk about holding educators accountable for improving education. It's time we hold polluters accountable for improving the air we breathe.
Diana K. — Missouri Please do not allow the almighty dollar subjugate the safety needs of people!
Theresa T. — Kentucky I take this personally. as I have COPD due in major part to pollution.
Valerie M. — Ontario, Canada Even though I live in Canada, the air we ALL breathe circulates from everywhere. I would like NOT to breathe in your dirty air any longer.
Joyce B. — California Clean air is very important to me. I have COPD and I need you to support all clean air standards.
Kate E. — New Jersey My 3 sons have asthma. The summer is an especially bad time for them. It makes me really sad to tell them it's better for them to stay inside than run around and enjoy the outdoors like I did when I was a kid. It really makes my efforts toward sustainability more urgent and worthwhile.
William Russell C. — Tennessee dirty air is a major source of health problems in our country. Health care is very costly.
S.H. — California You have no right to endanger people's lives and environment to make your profit. Clean up your pollution and CO2 emissions.
Eileen P. — California We need clean air. The public and individuals should not have to pay for pollutant related diseases. Pollution does take a toll on our lungs.
Bruce B. — Colorado Life starts with clean air. What takes priority over that?
Esther A. — Illinois Human life has to have more value than profits. Right?
Frances T. — Illinois Already this spring, there have been days that I've found it hard to breathe. The stagnant air holds polluted particles and very windy day's drives pollution right into the lungs. It is scary to gasp for air. I know you don't care if I become a statistic, but I do.
Barbara T. — Missouri I am 48 and practically home bound for the last two years because I can't breathe. The doctor said I had emphysema then said I have asthma. Back and forth and back and forth. I make so much noise breathing and talk so weird now ... all in a rush before I lose my breath that people stare and strangers offer such unhelpful advice, such as calm down, or holler What is wrong with you? People often offer to call me an ambulance ... I stopped going out and have very limited contact with people because I cry every time someone stares at me. I was pulled over the cop was so cruel that I cried ... he had me out in the heat and I couldn't breathe so he accused me of being on drugs because I shaking and jumpy from the round of steroids I was on. It was horrible ... Actually this whole thing is horrible. I try not whine or feel sorry for myself. I am convinced lung problems are environmental and that there will be a lot more like me soon. Our world and our diet are filthy. Corporations have taken even our right to breathe away.