Air should be life-giving and not life-taking or life-diminishing, but this week it is. While we fight for cleaner air year-round here are some steps you can take to protect your families and move us faster towards a clean air Utah:
Do breathe carefully (preferably indoors with an air filter or outside with a mask). Whatever you do, DO NOT CHEW the air.
Do Load-up on Vitamin C and Omega-3’s as well as antioxidant rich foods. Avoid foods that cause inflammation such as greasy food & refined sugar.
Do carpool, trip-chain and avoid as many cold engine starts as possible (this initial pollution burst is the most intense pollution your car will make when in use).
Do call Governor Herbert 801-538-1000/800-705-2464) and your legislators (http://le.utah.gov/GIS/findDistrict.jsp) and tell them it is time to tax air pollution in Utah (or as Utah Moms for Clean Air suggested apply an AIRSHED USER FEE on all activities/products that pollute so that the free market will automatically discourage pollution-making by all). This will clean-up our air – and fast.
Do call Governor Herbert and your legislators and tell them it is time to relocate pollution-spewing refineries away from population centers.
Do put Governor Herbert’s number/email in your cellphone contacts.
Do put your legislator’s number/email in your phone contacts.
Do call them frequently and ask why it is okay for 1000 to 2000 Utahns to die prematurely every year (think strokes, heart attacks, SIDS, lung disease etc) because our leaders will not lead in cleaning-up Utah’s air (citizens absolutely cannot do it alone). Share your own personal stories on how the air affects you and your family.
Write a letter to the editor of your local paper, such as the Deseret News (email@example.com).
Take a deep breathe (near an air filter, sorry to say, or up in the mountains) and make a cup of Breathe Easy Tea (from Traditonal Medicinal Tea made with organic licorice root) and know that because of the work you have done, things will change.