SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Dozens of Utah students stood on the steps of the Utah State Capitol Thursday rallying for clean air. They weren’t just calling for lawmakers to take action, they want every citizen to take responsibility for cleaning up Utah’s air.
Using all the lung power they could muster the students sent a loud message. They were trying to get the attention of the governor and the lawmakers just inside debating bills on the floor. 11th grader Maggie Baillie from Judge Memorial said, “I hope they hear our voices considering we’re younger and it’s our generation that’s really going to be hurt by this.”
Many of the students in attendance have already experienced the negative impacts of Utah’s dirty air. 5th grader Liam Khor-Brogan shared his story about how the air pollution landed him in the hospital two years ago. “I was hospitalized for four days and it was pretty severe,” said Khor-Brogan. Doctors told his parents his lung infection was caused by air pollution.
Khor-Brogan and the other students who took part in the rally aren’t just pushing for lawmakers to create regulation, they’re asking everyone to make small changes to clean up our air. “It’s not just the big coal companies or the electric companies, they are polluting our air, but the only way we can help by making small differences,” said Khor-Brogan. “We can turn down the thermostat, or ride the public transit and not idle; those are the main three ones that I thought about.”
For more information the small changes you can make to clean up our air log on to: http://www.ucair.org/at-home/