Dirty Air Won’t Monitor Itself

by | Jul 9, 2014

Makaya Parrish, who appears in our documentary, “Toxic City: Birmingham’s Dirty Secret,” knows all too well what pollution can do to your health. Makaya has asthma, a debilitating lung condition that keeps her from playing like other kids. Her family lives in the line of fire of the worst pollution in Alabama. Makaya deserves clean air.


Dirty air isn€™’t just hurting Mayaka and kids like her” it affects all of us in the Birmingham metro. We€™’re asking the EPA for additional air pollution monitoring across Jefferson County so we can better understand what the dirty air we€™re all breathing is doing to our health. Sign on below!



To the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

Thousands of Jefferson County residents are living in areas with elevated cancer risk levels. The kids living in these neighborhoods are breathing in toxic air, and many of them have asthma and other health conditions. It’s heartbreaking. But they’re not the only ones who suffer.

The Birmingham area has some of the dirtiest air in the country. Air travels, and air pollution kills. All of us in the Birmingham area are at risk for the harmful effects of health caused by dirty air. Our kids deserve clean, healthy air to breathe. We need additional air pollution monitoring in Jefferson County so we know what exposure to this hazardous air pollution is doing to our health and our environment.


This action is now closed.

About The GASP Team
Gasp is a nonprofit health advocacy organization based in Birmingham, Ala. Our mission is to reduce air pollution, to educate the public on the health risks associated with dirty air, and to encourage community leaders to serve as role models for clean air and clean energy production.
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