(Wow, this is turning into Stuff I Care About Week)
I love Utah. I love living in Utah. I have to sit on my hands so I don't punch people when they say mean things about Utah. But there is one thing, specifically, that always concerns me: the inversions and smog problems we sometimes struggle with during some seasons. The mountains are beautiful, but they can also as the sides of a bowl, put an air-pressure lid on top of those mountains: all the vehicle and building emissions, fires, and other junk just stays put in our valleys. We get notifications on the news that the air is harmful to children and those with respiratory issues. Oh, that's just great.
But you can do something about it. 50% of air pollution comes from our vehicles. If we can make some small changes, we could really reduce poor air quality, and make it safer for our kids to be healthy.
A few tips from Clear the Air:
- Consider replacing car trips less than two miles with family outings on foot or bicycle
- Set up a Walking School Bus (a group of kids who walk together to school with adult supervision.)
- Approach other families about a neighborhood carpool with a schedule and ground rules
- Look into public transport options (I can't wait until we get more light rail!)
- Think about your errands before you get in the car and plan an efficient route
- Decreased traffic congestion
- Reduced energy consumption
- Saving money
- Improved health for our families
- Maybe even improve our health long term and prevent environmental damage
So, what can you do? You can take the Clear Air Challenge! Governor Herbert and Mayors Corroon and Becker, are challenging us to a month-long competition, August 1-31st 2012, to reduce our emissions and choosing alternatives to driving alone. Register here and set your goals. Sign up to focus your family's efforts to drive less. Put a plan into action. Log the trips you save using alternatives to driving alone. Use the TravelWise Tracker to see your impact in miles, gas, dollars, and saved energy. I signed up when we went to the Hogle Zoo a few days ago. It took me less than a minute and only 3 baby screams.
I think the Clear the Air Challenge would be a great project for kids working towards a goal or merit badge. And if you're feeling this, join me on the TodaysMama Team when you sign up! We can all see how we're all doing and encourage each other. Rumor has it they also have prizes for keeping up on the challenge.
Clean Air Kisses!