The American Lung Association Applauds Governor Newsom’s Focus on Healthier Transportation Choices in Executive Order on Climate Change
(September 20, 2019) - SACRAMENTO, California
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Statement of Will Barrett, Clean Air Advocacy Director, American Lung Association:
“Today’s Executive Order by Governor Newsom highlights the urgency of confronting our climate emergency to protect the health of all Californians. Air quality and public health in California are directly threatened by higher temperatures, increased ozone pollution, wildfire smoke exposures and other health risks associated with our changing climate.
“The order draws important connections between meeting California’s climate goals and envisioning a sustainable transportation system that supports and protects public health. The American Lung Association applauds the attention to cleaning up the transportation sector, the largest source of unhealthy air and carbon pollution, through cleaner vehicles and fuels, and healthier alternatives to driving.
“The order directs better alignment of state transportation investments with climate goals, and healthier transportation options that reduce the need to drive. This, coupled with ongoing commitments to zero emission vehicles and diesel clean up, will help to accelerate emission reduction benefits and build healthier communities for all.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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