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On Sept. 18, leaders from across the state took transit and gathered in the historical Union Station in Los Angeles to kick-off and preview California Clean Air Day 2019 with an announcement that more than 500,000 actions have been pledged already with two weeks left before the statewide day of action.
Hosted by the Coalition for Clean Air and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the kick-off event brought together a cross section of people and organizations from throughout California to make the urgent call to action that all Californians have a role in clearing the air.
Joseph K. Lyou, president and CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air, began the event, reminding attendees about the reason for the proceedings.
“We just had 85 days of violating federal standards for ozone standards thanks in part to wildfire impacts, shipping and air travel – all of which are reasons we must take one day to focus on the issue and commit to addressing our air issues all year long,” Lyou said.
California Clean Air Day, this year taking place on Oct. 2, was launched by the Coalition for Clean Air. It is a multifaceted program built on the idea that shared experiences unite people to action to improve community health. This statewide effort will allow individuals and communities across the state to participate in ways that makes sense for them. In its second year, the effort has commitments of over 500,000 actions so far. More than 180 government, corporate and nonprofit partners and 30 mayors from across the state have also come together for clean air.
Californians can choose from a menu of activities to clear the air by taking the Clean Air Pledge. The pledge is designed to make it simple for individuals to take at least one step to address their personal and community air quality, as well as businesses, government, schools and other organizations.
“I think the responsibility belongs to all of us,” state Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said. “I don’t see us getting to our goals without modifying human behavior. That’s why our office is proud to participate in California Clean Air Day.”
For information, visit cleanairday.org.
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