(Annual Clean Air Kids Rally Utah State Capital: Deseret News/ Laura Seitz)

It is pretty simple.  Air pollution is an insidious killer AND we can do something about it.

In the spring of 2017, a scientist from the Huntsman Cancer Institute (David Nix) with help from several biomedical engineers at the University of Utah, said enough and launched City Gill. We live in Salt Lake City, a wonderful place surrounded by mountains that unfortunately trap air pollution in the valley for weeks at a time.  Winter smog and summer ozone are estimated to trim 2 years of life expectancy and contribute to the death of an additional 1-2 thousand people per year along the Wasatch Front.

UofU Sustainability Office/ Garber

Worldwide, the health consequences of air pollution are even more severe. Between 5.5 -6.5 million people die prematurely each year from breathing polluted air. 92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed “WHO’s Ambient Air quality guidelines.” Climate change , anti-environment leadership, a corrupt EPA, and overpopulation are only exacerbating the problem. Strong action is needed today.

What can we do?

  1. Fight for stronger clean air regulations by joining local and national activist groups.
  2. Elect representatives who will champion and enforce these regulations.
  3. Take responsibility for your own contributions to air pollution. Assess, adjust, and where possible, eliminate them.
  4. On bad air days, wear a City Gill or a fit tested air pollution mask to both protect yourself and make a visual statement that you too, have had enough.
Returning to SLC: POWDER/ Cohen