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Not too long ago, Memphis was considered the cleanest city in America—quite a desirable place to live. But along with rampant growth has come an increase in many forms of pollution: in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and on the ground we walk. We can be doing a lot more to maintain a clean and healthy environment, and that’s why I made the trip to Washington, D.C.

Clean Air Ambassador | Memphis, Tennessee

Andre Gibson

I am representing Memphis, Tennessee. While I am enamored with my community, we could be doing so much more to ensure cleaner air and a healthier environment for our citizens.

Large industrial manufacturing facilities produce tons of air pollutants each year, litter and blight are rampant and a constant irritant to both citizens and public leaders, and suburban sprawl affects us by tying cars up in traffic for hours and limiting citizens' likelihood to use public transportation. This is important to me because, at one point not long ago, Memphis was considered the Cleanest City in America, and we have fallen very far, very fast.

We could be doing so much more to ensure cleaner air and a healthier environment for our citizens.

50 States United For Healthy Air

Clean air should be a fundamental right. Air pollution causes asthma attacks, lung disease, and even death. But our bodies don't have to be the dumping ground for dirty industries.

The technology to dramatically reduce harmful air pollution is available today, and major polluters should be required to use it.

Clean Air Ambassadors from every state are sending a powerful message: Everyone has a right to breathe clean, healthy air.

It’s time Congress and the EPA used their ears to help our lungs.