Confessions of a Minnesota air polluter

When I heard that much of Minnesota was under an air pollution advisory today, it came as no surprise. You see, I’m responsible for it happening.  The pollution in our air, which can be harmful to hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans with asthma or other lung diseases, is primarily caused by vehicle exhaust. While my car is small and fuel-efficient, it still pumps a witches brew of CO2 and toxic gases and particles into our air, everytime I turn the key.

Of course, I’m not alone on the highways, nor am I solely to blame for today’s air quality alert. But as a spokesperson for the American Lung Association of Minnesota, I know that my decisions contribute to the health of our air.  Could I have taken a bus to work today? Caught a ride with a co-worker? Bought a vehicle that has a less polluting hybrid-electric engine, or could run on less polluting E85 or biodiesel? These thoughts were on my mind today, as I drove into work.

I know that just thinking about the problems isn’t enough. Our world is divided into two different groups: those who talk about problems, and those who act to solve them. So if I really want to make a difference, I have to make some changes. How about you?

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