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Shared Stories

Read personal stories about why people in the Southeast are fighting for clean, healthy air.

My Story: I’m Very Sensitive to Air Pollution

My Story: I’m Very Sensitive to Air Pollution

I didn’t realize I had a problem breathing until I was on a hike in North Georgia and had trouble keeping up with my friends. It took several doctors to figure out what to call my breathing problem. About half of my lungs work, so you can see why I’m very sensitive to air pollution.

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My Story: Clean Air is Important to Me

My Story: Clean Air is Important to Me

When I was a child, I was diagnosed with asthma. Anyone who has had severe asthma knows how horrible it is to struggle just to get your next breath. The current ozone regulations of 75 parts per billion are nowhere close to being restrictive enough. If we don’t do something now, soon it will be too late.

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Tell Us Your Story

Why is clean air important to you, your family or your patients? We invite you to share your clean air story here. Personal stories show that air pollution affects real people.  Your story will be shared on this website and potentially featured in social media posts and newsletters. We might ask you to share your story with elected official, the media, and others, depending on your level of comfort. What we learn from you will inspire others to get involved in the fight for clean air and help us advocate for policies that protect air quality.

What to include in your story:

  • Introduce yourself. Share what’s you’d like to about your profession, family and background. Focus on what’s relevant.
  • Why is clean air and a healthy climate so important to you? Do you know anyone personally who is affected by air pollution or climate change? How? Is there a specific instance or experience that highlights your motivation? Include as much detail as possible.
  • What are your hopes for the future (regarding clean air and climate change)? What solutions do you support? What will help others who are affected by air pollution and climate change?

Once we receive your story we will contact you to follow up and get your photo. You can also email your answers and photo to MOCleanair@lungse.org.

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