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Reduce Air Pollution

The Problem:

coal_fired_power_plantAir pollution comes mainly from tailpipes and smokestacks. Cars, trucks, and power plants produce soot and contribute to smog, both of which are harmful to our health.

All people are entitled to breathe healthy air and to be free of the adverse health effects of air pollution. Mothers & Others for Clean Air is especially concerned with effects of air pollution on the health of children, their families and others vulnerable to poor air quality.

Air pollution consists of gases, solid particles and aerosols that change the natural composition of the atmosphere. “Hazardous air pollutants” regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act include: ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and lead.

What governs air pollution? Click here to find out.

Read Ciara’s story about why clean air is important to her.

What You Can Do:

  • Drive less: carpool, walk, bike or take transit.
  • Keep car tires properly inflated to improve gas mileage.
  • Walk inside fast food restaurants and banks instead of idling in the drive-thru.
  • Sign up for M&O updates.
  • Get involved.  Review your community’s air pollution plans and support state and local efforts to clean up the air.
  • Read what we support in Mothers & Others for Clean Air Public Policy Guidelines.