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Purpose. Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health. Teach people how to reduce their loved ones’ exposure to air pollution and to reduce air pollution through individual actions. Advocate policy change for cleaner air.

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Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health

Purpose

Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health.

Teach people how to reduce their loved ones’

exposure to air pollution and to reduce air

pollution through individual actions.

Advocate policy change for cleaner air.


Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health

Why Is Air Quality Important?

  • As important as water quality

  • Knows no boundaries

  • Affects everyone’s health

    • children

    • elderly

    • those with existing lung and health ailments


Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health

What Do We Mean by “Air Quality?”

  • EPA establishes limits for pollutants that are harmful to

  • public health and the environment.

  • Limits or “standards” are to protect public health, including

  • sensitive populations.

  • Pollutants regulated by EPA: Ozone, Particulate Matter,

  • Carbon Monoxide, Sulfur Dioxide,

  • Nitrogen Oxides, Lead.

  • Pollutants of concern in GA:

    • Ozone and Particulate Matter


Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health

Ground-level OzoneFormation

Volatile Organic

Compounds (VOCs)

+

Nitrogen

Oxides (NOx)

Ozone (O3)

Smog

Combustion

Processes

Fuels, Paints,

Solvents, &

Vegetation


Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health

Ozone

  • Only a problem in summer because sunlight and heat are required

  • Only a problem outside

  • Causes asthma attacks

  • Reduces lung function even in healthy people


Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health

Particulate Matter (PM)

Photo courtesy of SACE

Photo courtesy of SACE


Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health

PM2.5

(2.5 µm)

PM10

(10µm)

What is PM?

A complex mixture of extremely small particles and liquid droplets

Hair cross section (70 mm)

Human Hair (70 µm diameter)

M. Lipsett, California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment


Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health

Particulate Matter (PM)

  • Problem year round outside and indoors

  • Increases mortality-

    • causes lung cancer

    • triggers asthma attacks

    • heart disease


Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health

Living in a region that fails to meet PM 2.5

standard increases a person’s risk of dying of

lung cancer by about the same amount as being

frequently exposed to second-hand smoke.

EPA estimates that achieving the federal

standard for PM would save 23,000 lives

a year.

Studies by Brigham Young University, New York University, and the Environmental Protection Agency


Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health

  • PM from power plants in GA:

  • shortens the lives of 946

  • Georgians each year

  •   causes 156,763

    lost work days

  • results in 837

    hospitalizations

  • causes 26,442 asthma attacks,

    1,369 severe enough to

    require emergency room visits

Studies by American Cancer Society,

Harvard School of Public Health


Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health

What Does This Mean for Georgia?

  • 11% of Georgia’s children have asthma

  • 15% of Fulton county’s children

  • have asthma

  • Atlanta is the 4th most challenging city to

  • live in with asthma

  • Atlanta is the 4th worst city in the country for soot pollution

  • #1 reason for admission to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

  • Asthma is the #1 reason for school absences nationally

  • In 2003, 88,000 children missed 540,000 school days


Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health

How Can I Protect My Family?

  • Limit outdoor activities on bad air days

  • Obtain a copy of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s

  • smog activity matrix available at

  • www.choa.org/Menus/Documents/wellness/ozone.pdf

  • Sign up for Clean Air Campaign’s “Smog Alert Day”

  • email at www.cleanaircampaign.com or call

  • 404-362-4909 to get the current air quality report

  • (Atlanta, Savannah, Athens, Columbus, Macon, Augusta)


Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health

What Can I Do To Reduce Air Pollution?

  • Drive less- carpool, take transit, walk, bike

  • Combine errands into one trip

  • Park and walk into fast food

  • restaurants and banks instead

  • of using drive-thrus

  • During the summer, refuel

  • between 7 PM and 7AM

  • Conserve energy by turning off lights,

  • computers, and appliances when

  • not in use

  • Buy Energy Star appliances and

  • compact fluorescent light bulbs


Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health

What Can I Do At My Child’s School?

  • Establish anti-idling rules for school buses and carpool lanes

  • Host a performance by the Better Air BAIR

  • Empower students through environmental education

  • Encourage school system to become part of the Adopt-A-School

  • Bus program and the Clean Air Campaign’s Better

  • Air Schools Program


Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health

How Does Mothers & Others

for Clean Air Fit In?

  • Education:

    • Making the link between air quality and health effects

    • Learning how to protect your family

    • Learning things you can do to improve air quality

    • www.georgiaconservancy.org/mothers

  • Action:

    • Practicing new actions to improve air quality

  • Advocacy:

    • Mobilize you to affect policy by asking decision makers (principals to legislators) to implement better policies that will clean our air.


Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health

How Do I Fit Into Mothers & Others

for Clean Air?

Coalition

Network

Partnership

Council

Partners


Conduct an education campaign that teaches citizens about link between air quality and health

Mothers & Others for Clean Air Pledge

I pledge my support

for cleaner air and healthier communities

through education,

voluntary action,

and policy change.

Felicia Davis: [email protected]

or 404-876-2900 x 108

Sanders Moore: [email protected]

or 404-876-2900 x 109


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