What You Can Do
We need your help in the fight for healthy air! You can help reduce air pollution outdoors by taking a few simple steps:
Speak Up Today:
Send a message to Congress and to the White House: Protect health from climate change! Despite tremendous historic progress, this report shows that Americans are already experiencing worsened ozone and particle pollution due to warmer temperatures and increased wildfires. Join us in urging Congress and the administration to adopt science-based solutions to reduce emissions that are causing climate change, ensuring that no community near a polluting source gets left behind. All members of Congress, as well as the president, must act now to clean up power plants, oil and gas operations, and other sources of pollution to protect health from climate change and reduce other dangerous emissions at the same time.
Sign this petition urging Congress and the administration to clean up sources of pollution. Act now to protect health from climate change.
Other Ways You Can Help:
Share your story. Do you or any member of your family have a personal reason to fight for healthier, cleaner air? Go to Lung.org/healthyair 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.
Sign up for alerts. Sign up for more information about times when your voice can be particularly helpful in the fight for healthy air at Lung.org/healthyair.
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 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 cleaner school buses, which includes replacing with zero-emission electric buses 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. Parents shouldn't idle in their cars outside of schools either.
Thank you for being part of the fight for healthy air.