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What You Can Do

We need your help in the fight for healthy air! You can do a great deal to help reduce air pollution outdoors just by taking a few simple steps. Here's how to speak up and step up:

Speak up for Healthy Air Protections.

Send a message to Congress and to the White House: Protect the Clean Air Act! Urge the President and Congress to support cleaner, healthier air and oppose measures to block or delay the cleanup of air pollution. The President and all members of Congress should support and protect the Clean Air Act.

Tell Congress to support adequate funds for the EPA to implement and enforce the Clean Air Act.  EPA needs resources to make sure that the pollution is cleaned up, as do the states, local governments and tribes.

Tell EPA to follow the law to protect your health. EPA is required to follow the Clean Air Act, completing regular reviews of the science and putting in place steps to clean up sources of pollution to provide that protection. That includes taking steps to reduce pollution that causes climate change. You can provide comments to EPA at public hearings or by submitting them online. Sign up for more information about times when your voice is needed at www.FightingForAir.org.

Share your story. Do you or any member of your family have a personal reason to fight for healthier, cleaner air? Go to www.FightingForAir.org to let us know how healthy air affects you. Your story helps us remind decision makers what is at stake when it comes to clean air.

Get involved locally. Participate in state and local efforts to clean up air pollution and address climate change. To find your local air pollution control agency, go to www.4cleanair.org

Step up to Curb Pollution in Your Community.

Drive less. Combine trips, walk, bike, carpool or vanpool, and use buses, subways or other alternatives to driving. Vehicle emissions are a major source of air pollution. Support community plans that provide ways to get around that don’t require a car, such as more sidewalks, bike trails and transit systems.

Use less electricity. Turn out the lights and use energy-efficient appliances. Generating electricity is one of the biggest sources of pollution, particularly in the eastern United States.

Don't burn wood or trash. Burning firewood and trash is among the largest sources of particle pollution in many parts of the country. If you must use a fireplace or stove for heat, convert your woodstove to natural gas, which has far fewer polluting emissions. Compost and recycle as much as possible and dispose of other waste properly; don't burn it. Support efforts in your community to ban outdoor burning of construction and yard wastes. Avoid the use of outdoor hydronic heaters, also called outdoor wood boilers, which are frequently much more polluting than woodstoves.

Make sure your local school system requires clean school buses, which includes replacing or retrofitting old school buses with filters and other equipment to reduce emissions. Make sure your local schools don't idle their buses, a step that can immediately reduce emissions.

Thank you for being part of the fight for healthy air.

    Page Last Updated: April 17, 2018

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