California Clean Air Day 2020 Focuses on Health Impacts of Air Pollution
All Californians are invited to participate in the third annual California Clean Air Day on October 7, 2020, as the annual event focuses on air quality, which matters more than ever with the impacts of COVID-19 being exacerbated by local air quality. Designed around individual actions, this statewide event allows millions of participants while still being socially distant, by having each Californian pledge to take at least one action that will help clean our air.
“We shouldn’t have to wait for a pandemic to reduce air pollution emissions. We can do it on Clean Air Day and all year around,” explained Dr. Joseph Lyou, President & CEO, Coalition for Clean Air.
Clean Air Day allows for virtual participation and the ability for businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations to sign up as a way to engage their members, students, employees, and customers to encourage participation.
Hosted by the Coalition for Clean Air with partners across the state, Clean Air Day has a local coordinating committee that is co-chaired by San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who also serves on the California Air Resources Board.
“Nothing is more foundational to life than ensuring clean air for all. In San Diego the air may be clear, but the truth is: we have the 6th worst air pollution in the country,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Chair, 2020 San Diego Clean Air Day Coalition. “I invite all business and civic leaders to join us in October and every day to take actions that address climate change and air quality to create a healthier future for us all.”
California Clean Air Day, launched by the Coalition for Clean Air, is a multifaceted program built on the idea that shared experiences unite people to action to improve our 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 saw more than 650,000 direct participants taking more 1 million actions in 2019.
“We are all aware that air pollution disproportionately impacts the health of people of color, low-income communities, and those who are sick, very young, or very old,” explained Lyou. “On Clean Air Day, businesses, government agencies, and individuals can all join in to make sure the benefits of breathing clean air can be shared by everyone.”
Californians can choose from a menu of activities to clear the air by taking the Clean Air Pledge. The Pledge is designed to be simple for individuals to take another step to address their personal and community air quality, as well as businesses, government, schools, and other organizations.
Visit CleanAirDay.org to see the pledge and see how one can be a part of this statewide day of action that is easy, fun, and totally California.