Clean Air Journal

Community Chronicles #3: M. Dominique Villanueva (Fountain Heights Farms)

Community Chronicles #3: M. Dominique Villanueva (Fountain Heights Farms)

“Fountain Heights includes the civil rights district, it includes the historically Black Bussiness District, and it goes all the way down to the bus stations and Morris Avenue,” Said Dominique.”We are a diverse neighborhood that could be benefiting by sharing the resources we each have through reinvestments and people who are willing to listen.”

Community Chronicles 2: Gerica Cammack

Community Chronicles 2: Gerica Cammack

“We were so close to it. I could taste it in my mouth. The smell was in the house. I felt like I couldn’t get away from it. I couldn’t let my window up; I couldn’t let my window down. It’s in the ground. It’s in the foundation.”

Why The EPA Needs To Update Soot Pollution Standards

Why The EPA Needs To Update Soot Pollution Standards

Soot, is a dangerous and deadly pollutant composed of metals, organic chemicals and acidic substances. It is produced by power plants vehicle tailpipes and other industrial sources as well as wildfire smoke. Soot threatens our health and our environment, posing particular risks for children, seniors and people with chronic illnesses.

The Tragedy of North Birmingham

The Tragedy of North Birmingham

Industrial plants in Birmingham, Alabama — including one now owned by WV Gov. Jim Justice’s family — have polluted the air and land in its historic Black communities for over a century.

Community Chronicles 1: Keisha Brown

Community Chronicles 1: Keisha Brown

“It’s like a third-world country,” she said. “I know we sound like a broken record, but no one’s doing anything. Politicians keep telling us to vote for them–vote for you for what? What am I voting for you for? To do nothing? We need people who are willing to work with the community’s needs.”

Racial Zoning In Birmingham Is Still Segregation

Racial Zoning In Birmingham Is Still Segregation

We need to recognize that these modern problems often have substantial historical roots in harmful and discriminatory official government policies from the past. Governmental action helped to ensure that the places we live in, the schools we go to, the health problems we have, and even the quality of the air we breathe are likely to depend in part on what race we are.

The Ghosts Over The Mountain

The Ghosts Over The Mountain

Imagine a moment of bliss. Euphorically tilting your head to the sky and basking in the sun for a moment you wish could last forever. The air around you is crisp and light but warm enough to embrace you like a sweatered hug. Where are you? Perhaps a hillside? Are you overlooking a city in the valley or far from the bustle of life in a hidden canopy untouched by man? Surprisingly Birmingham has these pockets that are just the right place to experience this moment of existential bliss but only in the “right” places. 

GASP Seek ‘Fresh Voices for Clean Air’

GASP Seek ‘Fresh Voices for Clean Air’

GASP-Birmingham (that's us!) is seeking Jefferson County, Ala., students in grades 9, 10, and 11 interested in becoming environmental game-changers. If that sounds like you or someone you know, we invite you to apply today for an innovative new program called Fresh...

The Sun Is Crying

The Sun Is Crying

I am afraid to be outside for the first summer in my 25 years. A few weeks ago, I thought this was another season of excessive smiles, “positive vibes,” and the resurgence of cutoff shorts. That was before I realized the danger was beaming directly on nature lovers’ crowns.

Harbison-Walker International – Fairfield

Harbison-Walker International – Fairfield

Background What and where is this facility? HarbisonWalker International, Inc.-Fairfield’s (“HWI”) is a refractory production plant located in Fairfield, Alabama. It will produce magnesite-carbon brick products for use in electric arc furnaces (used to make steel) and...

Finding Your Role In The Movement

Finding Your Role In The Movement

One of the greatest honors of my life was serving GASP and our mission. I will continue to do so in a different form. It is my hope that GASP and other organized efforts will continue to grow, evolve and recruit more young people within their ranks or inspire them to launch their own actions.

Stepping My Foot In The Door

Stepping My Foot In The Door

“I was so excited to be granted the opportunity to be working with GASP and the Green New Deal for Birmingham. Working in environmental action is honestly my dream job and I am now getting my start as an intern,” Danielle Wormsby, Spring 2022 Green New Deal for Birmingham Intern.

EPA to ADEM Air Program: “Do Better”

EPA to ADEM Air Program: “Do Better”

“It is vital for state agencies to have robust monitoring plans in place to ensure that families are protected from toxic air pollutants,” says Christina Andreen Tidwell, SELC Senior Attorney. “We are very pleased that EPA recognized ADEM’s failure to respond to our comments.”

Getting Past Climate Paralysis To Climate Action

Getting Past Climate Paralysis To Climate Action

It’s hard to wrap your mind around the climate crisis. It’s at once an issue that affects everyone and an issue that does not tangibly affect most people’s daily lives. You can take individual actions, like driving less or using less plastic, but one person’s actions...

What Is It To Be?

What Is It To Be?

When you look at a tree  Do you happen to think of the bees  And all the hard work that had to happen for that one tree to be  We cut trees down and live like our resources aren’t limited  There will soon come a day when only the rich can play  Only those with heaps...

Meet Mikayla – Spring 2022, Communications Intern

Meet Mikayla – Spring 2022, Communications Intern

GASP: What is your major at and why did you choose it? Mikayla: I am majoring in art with a minor in marketing and a certificate in sales. I chose to major in art because it has been my lifelong passion. I chose to study sales and marketing because I think it helps me...

Meet Danielle, Spring 2022, GND4BHM Intern

Meet Danielle, Spring 2022, GND4BHM Intern

GASP: What are your plans after graduation? Danielle: After graduating high school I will be going to college and most likely majoring in environmental science.  GASP: What is your dream job? Danielle: My dream job is to be a conservation biologist because I love our...

Meet Bri, Spring 2022 Direct Service Intern

Meet Bri, Spring 2022 Direct Service Intern

GASP: What is your major at and why did you choose it? Bri: I chose to major in environmental studies to better understand the climate crisis, what brought us to it, and how we can create a more equitable and sustainable world. GASP: What do you hope to do after you...

Meet Ally, Spring 2022 Legal Intern

Meet Ally, Spring 2022 Legal Intern

GASP: What is your major at and why did you choose it? Ally: While in undergrad at Birmingham-Southern College I majored in Philosophy, History, and Law and minored in Gender and Women’s Studies. I’ve always had an interest in history and BSC has an amazing history...

New Report: Southern Company is a Climate ‘Laggard’

New Report: Southern Company is a Climate ‘Laggard’

Despite the impression you may get by visiting Southern Company's website, the publicly traded utility company is one of the worst utilities in the United States when it comes to climate policy. That's according to a new report that was released this week by...

Meet Caroline Schock – Community Science Intern

Meet Caroline Schock – Community Science Intern

What is your major at and why did you choose it? I am a freshman at UAB, and my major is public health. In the Fall of 2021, I began college majoring in biology, but I decided to switch to public health in the middle of the semester. After taking an Intro to Public...