With AFT, we call for stronger air quality standards for our children
We could be doing more to protect air quality for our children, especially with asthma on the rise. That’s why Voices joined with the American Federation of Teachers to call on the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen soot standards.
Our joint letter asks for a specific standard for daily and yearly exposure to the dangerous pollutant. Not only can greater protection against soot improve child respiratory health, but reduce absenteeism due to thing asthma and other respiratory ailments. This is yet another area where we especially need to advocate for children of color, who disproportionately live and go to school in areas with this kind of air pollution.
Children are more susceptible to respiratory ailments than most people, but AFT also points out that teachers recovering from breast cancer are also very sensitive to air pollution. We hope that the EPA will continue its work in cleaning up and regulating pollution in our communities and strengthen controls on a dangerous and widespread pollutant.