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This is a photo of my daughters on graduation day. I like to say to them, “It is OK to let go of the good and go for the great.” Our children deserve to grow up in a world with air that is conducive to their health. The progress we’ve made is good, and we can do better.

Clean Air Ambassador | Richmond, Virginia

Jeanette Johnson

I am a reverend, a mother, a teacher, an author, and a student. I believe that all deserve to enter a world in which care has been taken with their arrival in mind; a world where they have the highest possible opportunity to succeed physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.

Citizens and legislators alike should know that what they do to ensure good air quality for their families and themselves in turn restores the air quality for all of earth’s inhabitants—not just people but all of God's creatures. Acts 26:18 says that the children of God should turn those in darkness to the way of light, therefore I come to Washington to help do just that. First, by thanking our President and legislators for all of their efforts thus far, but reminding them that 127.2 million Americans still live in areas with dangerous levels of ozone or particle pollution. I would remind them of all of the air related diseases which leaves none of us unaffected and that year after year the American Lung Association gives failing grades to over half of the nation’s counties as it relates to air quality at ground levels.

I see myself as my brother’s keeper, and so I am honored to be a Clean Air Ambassador for Virginia. Virginia has been first in several areas from politics to athletics—why not be the first to ignite ground breaking interest in its citizens and success in their endeavors for improved air quality?

Clean air is important to me, because it is clean air important to God. And there is no greater reason than that for me to be a soldier in this fight.

I believe that all deserve to enter a world in which care has been taken with their arrival in mind; a world where they have the highest possible opportunity to succeed physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.

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.