Shared Stories

We all have a reason to fight for clean air. Check out some personal stories below that highlight the need for healthy, safe air, and click here to submit your own.

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I moved into a five story York Housing Authority run low-income senior and disability apartment building (75 apartments) in August of 2012. We have a sister property next door consisting of townhouses for low-income families with children and another a couple miles down the road. Read more...
I have advocated for a clean and safe environment since I was old enough to do anything about it. I have always tried to live a healthy life and do all I could to keep our planet healthy. I am sixty-seven now and am dying from a blood cancer, and I am convinced from extensive research on my cancer that I contracted it simply by living and breathing in a toxic environment that for the most part is impossible to avoid. Read more...
I have had asthma, since childhood, so I have always been concerned about the air I breathe. Lately, I have heard of uncovered coal transport through the Portland metro area as well as pollution from China from burning coal. Read more...
I was born and raised it Bakersfield, CA. Luckily, I've traveled and seen good air quality! Most people are stuck in the Valley and don't realize the difference! I do, and my health definitely does! Read more...
In 2010, at age 42, I was diagnosed with stage III lung cancer. My life has been forever changed. The side effects from chemotherapy and radiation have made it impossible for me to ever return to work. I can’t even walk around the block without lugging an oxygen tank with me. Trying to make it up and down the stairs in my own house is a challenge every day. Read more...
I live in a 7th floor apartment with lots of large windows in Boise, Idaho. So when our air pollution is bad, I can see it immediately! I also have allergies and asthma, so I also feel and breathe it. Read more...
I have COPD/emphysema. I have been smoking for probably 50 years and am currently trying to quit. I am using the Chantix and it's proving better than any other methods I've tried. Alas, I am still smoking......less, but still smoking. I am trying to clean up my air and would like for the outside air to at least be clean. Read more...
I have COPD. I left Los Angeles because of the air 40 years ago. Both my parents were heavy smokers. I had whooping cough at age 4 in addition to five bouts with chronic bronchitis and pneumonia. Read more...
I am 75 and have lived in the four-corners area since 1992. I am not a smoker and have never worked in a dangerous occupation. I was a librarian for 35 years, so library dust is the most difficult environmental pollutant I have faced. Read more...
Now 62, and as someone who has resided in Fresno, California for better than 37 years, I am one among an estimated 4 million San Joaquin Valley residents regularly exposed to deleterious and deplorable air pollution, a condition blamed partly on geographical, topographical and meteorological factors. Read more...
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