Breathing Easy – Five Simple Things You Can Do to Reduce Air Pollution

Problem:  As reported by the World Health Organization air pollution is a major environmental risk to health.  Air pollution nationally and world-wide results in significant environmental and economic damage.

Solutions:  By reducing air pollution levels, the burden of disease from stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and both chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma can be reduced.  Our air pollutant burden can be reduced through clean industrial technologies; shifting to clean modes of power generation; improving energy efficiency, and implementation of “green” urban planning strategies among other methods.  Additionally, each one of us has the power to make a difference.

What You Can Do:

  1. Consider the hidden air quality impacts of your purchases – everything you buy requires processes that create air pollutants, so buy less and buy local when possible
  2. Always keep energy efficiency in mind and reduce your energy consumption – all of our energy sources create air emissions as part of their production
  3. Report air pollution – file vehicle-related air pollution complaints to the California Air Resources Board at 1-800-END-SMOG (1-800-363-7664) or go to:

Other air pollution complaints (e.g., open burning, restaurant emissions, etc.) can be reported at 1-800-952-5588 or email

  1. Drive less – ride your bike, take public transportation, combine trips, car pool
  2. Next automotive purchase – buy the most efficient, lowest-polluting vehicle and use it efficiently (keep tires inflated, reduce unnecessary items from the vehicle to reduce weight and keep it tuned up)

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