I love the Blue Ridge Mountains, and I want to ensure that they are protected for generations to come. Also, as a critical care nurse in Richmond, I regularly encounter patients who suffer from chronic respiratory problems worsened by exposure to the uncontrolled pollution of industries that have avoided their legal responsibility to clean up. It’s critical that we care for our environment and our bodies, and that’s why I traveled to Washington, D.C.
Virginia is home to many industries that support the livelihood and quality of life of its residents, but it should not come at the cost of our health.
Whether I’m near my workplace in downtown Richmond, camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or enjoying the parks and beaches near my home in Williamsburg, I want peace of mind that Virginia’s air quality is healthy and will be for generations to come.
Virginia is home to many industries that support the livelihood and quality of life of its residents, but it should not come at the cost of our health. The only way to prevent degradation of our air quality is to advocate against the release of pollutants by entities and projects that are otherwise not inclined to make responsible decisions.
As a critical care nurse at Virginia’s longest standing Level One trauma center, I have cared for numerous patients whose chronic illnesses and symptoms have been exacerbated or triggered by poor air quality. Struggling to breathe due to air pollution cannot be tolerated; it indicates we have fallen far short of our responsibility to set and enforce air quality standards.
I am joining the 50 States United for Healthy Air campaign to advocate for our present, our future, and our right to clean air.