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This photo is significant to me because dirty air makes it nearly impossible for a mother and her children to enjoy an evening stroll along the beach prior to sunset.

Clean Air Ambassador | Clayton, North Carolina

James Henderson

Air quality is very important, directly affecting the rapid rise and onset of asthma and other respiratory illnesses in eastern and rural North Carolina.

There are major issues with water quality due to farming and industrial waste as well as raw, untreated sewage spills. Most of our rivers have high concentrations of dioxin. The high proliferation of automobiles being driven by one person has an impact on the air quality. The state does not have an adequate light rail or public transportation system. Additionally, coal-fired power plants are big air polluters in the area.

Air, water, and environmental pollution have had a drastic impact upon the morbidity and mortality of the poor and minority in the eastern part of North Carolina.

I've earned a Doctorate Degree in Ministry with a specialty in theology, and secular degrees in Public Administration and Political Science. One of the specialties I taught at the University level was public policy formation and analysis.

Air, water, and environmental pollution have had a drastic impact upon the morbidity and mortality of the poor and minority in the eastern part of North Carolina.

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.