The air we breathe is one of the greatest threats to our respiratory health. Millions of people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution. Air pollution affects children the most. Evidence links air pollution to preterm births, underdeveloped lungs, reduced lung function and asthma. In the U.S., of the 26 million who have asthma, 10 die every day.
On April 4, 2018, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the rollback of fuel economy standards that were created to reduce car emissions and help consumers save money on gas. These regulations were set in place by the Obama Administration under the authority of the Clean Air Act. This follows a series of other rollbacks that are intended to undo the Clean Air Act. The threat to clean air is a major policy concern for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).
If we don’t take action to protect clean air now, the future will be bleak for our children. This problem will not resolve on its own. AAFA advocates for clean air to help those with asthma now, and for future generations as well.
This is a defining year for the state of our air quality as the Trump Administration continues to repeal protections of the Clean Air Act and Clean Power Plan. Knowing the effects air pollution has on asthma rates, AAFA will continue to advocate on your behalf. We ask you to join us by letting your lawmakers know how important air quality is to our respiratory health. The only way to protect clean air is to speak up together.