Courtesy post from Clean Air Partners
Clean Air Partners is a public-private partnership educating the greater metropolitan Baltimore-Washington region about the health risks of poor air quality. For more than 20 years, we have empowered individuals and organizations to take simple actions to reduce pollution and protect public health.
MONDAY, MAY 2nd – PLANT CLEANER AIR
Did you know that trees and plants clean the air, mitigate climate change, and save energy? The trees in your yard, vegetables in your garden, native plants and wildflowers, and even plants in your home are all doing their part for air quality, and we want to know what you’re growing!
Challenge: Tell us what’s in your garden this year!
TUESDAY, MAY 3rd – AIR AND YOUR HEATH
Everyone’s health can be impacted by air quality, especially sensitive groups like children, older adults, and people with heart or lung conditions. For people with conditions like asthma, having clean air is personal – it means less difficulty breathing. Similarly, fighting for cleaner air is personal for many of us, too. Tell us – why is clean air important to you?
Challenge: Share your story of why fighting for cleaner air is important to you?
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4th – SENSORS AND THE AIR AROUND US
Did you know that there are 26 air quality monitors throughout the greater Baltimore-Washington region? These monitors measure pollution and inform the Air Quality Index at any given time. Clean Air Partners works with local meteorologists to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about air quality and how to prepare for your day. Why not take some time today to thank your local meteorologist on social media or with a friendly email?
Challenge: Thank your favorite local meteorologist for the work they do!
THURSDAY, MAY 5th – LOCAL FLAVOR
Eating local is an excellent way to get healthy produce while reducing your impact on toxic air emissions. Locally-sourced food doesn’t travel as far or need to be refrigerated for as long as food that comes from thousands of miles away, meaning far less pollution. And one of the best places to get locally-sourced foods is your neighborhood farmers’ market.
Challenge: Where do you get your local produce?
FRIDAY, MAY 6th – CLEAN AIR TRANSPORT
How we get around has a big impact on the air around us. Our car-culture contributes greatly to polluting the air, but now we have more options. You can walk, bike, carpool, take public transit, or switch to electric vehicles like scooters or cars. We challenge you to go car free or car light this weekend!
Challenge: Tell us your favorite form of cleaner air transportation – walking, bicycle, scooter, metro, train, bus, or electric vehicle?
Although regional air quality is improving, pollution still threatens the health of 7.5 million people in our region and creates harmful effects on the environment and our ecosystems. Poor air quality days impact our friends, neighbors, children, family, coworkers, and our environment.
It’s easier than you may think.
If we work as a community, changing the little things makes a big difference over the long term.
With every breath, air quality matters.
More resources for Air Quality Awareness Week.