Signing onto the Clean Air Promise

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Sierra Club volunteers raise awareness of clean air issues at the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.

This summer the EPA has proposed several rulings related to the Clean Air Act on substances such as mercury, soot and smog. The Sierra Club has continued to support the EPA and responsible clean air protections. Poor air quality can have significant health impacts on the public such as respiratory failure and asthma. Studies indicate that more than 7 million American children suffer from asthma and EPA scientists estimated that clean air policies saved more than 160,000 lives in 2010. These staggering statistics have lead to the development of the Clean Air Promise.

By signing onto the Clean Air Promise, we agree to protect American’s children from air pollution and asthma attacks by supporting clean air policies and other recommendations to the EPA to safeguard our air quality.

On Tuesday August 23rd, Sierra Club volunteers gathered at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park at the North side of the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis to raise awareness of the importance of clean air to the Twin Cities and to gather support for the Clean Air Promise. A 7 foot high screen represented the smog that obstructs the view of downtown on poor air quality days. One man even stopped his bike ride to sign onto the Clean Air Promise saying, “Clean air is very important to me, especially because I enjoy riding my bike.” Volunteers and the public also took pictures as giant inhalers to deliver the message to policy makers that air quality effects all of us.

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The screen represented the smog that obstructs the view of downtown on poor air quality days.

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